(redirected from loosen the purse strings)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
See: award, reward, stake, treasury

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

References in periodicals archive ?
And after weeks of pressing it appears that Gregory has finally persuaded Ellis to loosen the purse strings for another major transfer deal.
Ashley did loosen the purse strings at St James' Park over the summer and spent more than PS50m on five players, including more than PS10m each on Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin.
Time and time again we taxpayers are told public money is tight and the age of austerity isn't going to loosen the purse strings any time soon.
Bosses hope to persuade shoppers to loosen the purse strings for what's billed as a one-day extravaganza.
But Moyes is refusing to ask the board to loosen the purse strings this month in an attempt to secure a Champions League berth.
Having said that, the fact Falcao single-handedly ripped apart the Blues' defense, in Los Colchoneros' 4-1 European Super Cup win, coupled with the fact the club has yet to replace striker Didier Drogba, could convince Roman Abramovich to loosen the purse strings one last time.
Now they need to loosen the purse strings even further and start splashing some more cash in the transfer market.
As we see success come out of this, the more likely we will be to loosen the purse strings.
Alex McLeish will ask Randy Lerner to loosen the purse strings for a new midfielder in January with luckless loanee Jermaine Jenas set to be sent back to Spurs.
CARDIFF CITY manager Malky Mackay has revealed he is poised to loosen the purse strings at his new club.
IAN FERGUSON has urged Craig Whyte to loosen the purse strings to give Ally McCoist the best possible chance of success at Rangers.
Many have tightened their belts and kept costs under control in the past two years and it's really a case of saying that they should continue on the same path and not loosen the purse strings simply because the figures have improved.