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tighten the purse strings

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To decrease spending or disallow increased spending; to increase control of spending.
    • 1894, New Zealand Parliament, Parliamentary debates, page 710:
      ...would have the opposite effect entirely, and would tighten the purse-strings of capitalists and the employers of...
    • 1989 July 24, editorial, “Companies still backing the efforts of net managers”, in Network World, volume 6, number 29, page 28:
      It's hard for upper management to tighten the purse strings on a project that promises to save money, boost productivity and enable employees to respond better and faster to changing competitive situations.

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