purse

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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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Helen looked at Theresa pursing up her lips before the Cockney photographer.
He put on his spectacles to read the letter, pursing up his lips and drawing down their corners.
His thin lips, like the dies of a machine, stamped out phrases that cut and stung; or again, pursing caressingly about the inchoate sound they articulated, the thin lips shaped soft and velvety things, mellow phrases of glow and glory, of haunting beauty, reverberant of the mystery and inscrutableness of life; and yet again the thin lips were like a bugle, from which rang the crash and tumult of cosmic strife, phrases that sounded clear as silver, that were luminous as starry spaces, that epitomized the final word of science and yet said something more - the poet's word, the transcendental truth, elusive and without words which could express, and which none the less found expression in the subtle and all but ungraspable connotations of common words.