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PURSE. In Turkey the sum of five hundred dollars is called a purse. Merch. Dict. h.t.

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WILLIE MILLER: Holds the purse strings as Aberdeen's chief executive.
Michael, who produced the first two blockbusters, has the final decision as he holds the purse strings.
Participants at a recent youth conference at Park View School even got a chance to chat to the man who holds the purse strings, when Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown attended the event.
No funding decision has yet been made by the North West Development Agency (NWDA), which holds the purse strings.
If the delegation to London to meet the minister had been held, they would have been able to put their case for that bid directly to the person who holds the purse strings.
Mr Dallat has tabled more than 35 questions about the running of the Fire Authority, the body that holds the purse strings of the fire service.
But when gay and lesbian couples separate, it boils down to who holds the purse strings.
Though the county holds the purse strings for the $1.
OPRR's method is money -- it holds the purse strings from the government and can freeze NIH-funded research immediately).
As a result of the push for equal funding in 1985 and with the passage of Bill 104, we are now in a position where the province entirely holds the purse strings and is calling the shots.
Even so, many molders still have to justify CIM on a ROI basis for their boards, supervisors, or whomever holds the purse strings.
A seven-man executive committee, headed by Harlan, holds the purse strings - and all decision-making power - in the form of a reserve fund.