Definition of hold the purse strings in US English:

hold the purse strings

phrase

  • Have control of expenditure.

    • ‘‘This also sends a strong message to the people who hold the purse strings with regard to County Council funding’, he said.’
    • ‘He looks as if he's fully aware that he has been holding the purse strings during a period of unprecedented revenue, unprecedented spending and unprecedented pork barrelling.’
    • ‘One way of testing whether it really is true that who holds the purse strings controls how the money is spent, is to look at what happens when income is transferred from husbands to wives.’
    • ‘Now tough negotiations are going on with the Primary Care Trusts - which hold the purse strings for all health services in Greater Manchester.’
    • ‘However, by holding the purse strings, the university administration can easily usurp faculty roles by supporting the hiring and promotion of only those whose fields are likely to bring in the most money.’
    • ‘Mr Lillycrop, who has complete sympathy for under pressure dentists, pleaded with those who hold the purse strings, to deal with the problem.’
    • ‘The lowest quote was usually chosen by the board of governors, who held the purse strings, which was seen as ‘best value’.’
    • ‘The vision and the plan must also be convincing to Congress, the one holding the purse strings for the government's role.’
    • ‘The twist is, of course, that the amateurs hold the purse strings.’
    • ‘A west Wiltshire student has just been given the chance to hold the purse strings to a massive student budget, after she was voted onto the Students Union board at university.’