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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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Chelsea have tightened the purse strings, ruling out signings of more than pounds 20million or sanctioning the payment of wages beyond pounds 80,000 a week for top-end players.
However, Fayed has tightened the purse strings in recent seasons, but has also been re-energised by the club's run to Hamburg.
Many other developers have tightened the purse strings this year and focused on completing and handing over their current portfolios rather than embarking on new investments.
MIDLAND carpet maker Victoria today gave investors a grim profits warning as consumers tightened the purse strings to switch to cheaper products.
Last week the CBI showed retailers suffered their worst preChristmas for ten years as cautious shoppers tightened the purse strings.