Hold the purse strings – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

To hold the purse strings is to be in control of the money spent.

This idiom has its origins in a time when purses to hold money were usually closed with a draw-string (as in the picture above).

Examples of use:

1. He earns the money, but she holds the purse strings.

2. He held the purse strings in their marriage and she never had any money of her own.

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