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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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Although most people are tightening the purse strings on many items, air travel is not one of them.
Many employees are tightening the purse strings in these difficult financial times, and the temptation to 'massage' the company expense claims to ease the burden may be too enticing for employees who think they might get away with it.
Not just as a way of tightening the purse strings ahead of what's now flagged up as a looming recession, but also for reasons of welfare and plain commonsense.
I KNOW the GRA is tightening the purse strings, but surely giving its BAGS racing short shrift is going too far.
``But whether it's the pub industry itself or whether it's people tightening the purse strings, I don't know.