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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But in the end it was Hands who held the purse strings, and his vision for the movie won out.
For more than a century, the Department of the Interior has held the purse strings to money belonging to some of the nation's poorest citizens.
THE man who held the purse strings when Liverpool council was judged the worst financially managed authority has been suspended from his new job as chief executive in Lancashire.