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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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There are people there holding the purse strings who are playing God.
Jamie Skelding, a partner at the Warwick Road firm, said: "Christmas parties should not give those holding the purse strings headaches because of fears over tax."
Holding the purse strings as a method of controlling the work of a vendor performing services for an association is not the same as having day-to-day, visible control of an employee.
There's nothing like holding the purse strings on a lively fish when you have an empty frying pan...
The Grocer's Rob Brown, who compiled the list, said: "With shelf space squeezed and shoppers holding the purse strings ever more tightly, effective marketing of products has never been more important.
It's time those who are holding the purse strings in Westminster left this little country alone.
As he acknowledged, this is a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government and it must be noted that it is always easy for politicians to talk generously about backing a worthy cause when they are not holding the purse strings.
Aneurin Bevan would be furious to witness this abuse by those holding the purse strings of public funds and abusing their power by elbowing their way to the front of the line, whilst the people for whom the NHS was created wait in ever growing queues for treatment.