Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


He's on the trip because his father holds the purse strings.

"The pull on our purse strings is very great at present," said the man.

Wilson, as holding the purse strings, had to bear the odium of all this.

He wished to hold the purse strings, and no longer to be a "beggar."

That man then controlled the purse strings of the great city of Chicago.

Instead of giving us more men and money, the men who hold the purse strings are cutting us down.

"It would take more than a gallon of rum to make old Cameron loosen his purse strings," she remembered having heard Conal say.

The importance of her rather casual conversion lay in the fact that her purse strings were perpetually untied.

A man of simple habits, even perhaps given to holding his purse strings somewhat tightly.

The hand that holds the purse strings is the hand that rules,—if it knows how to rule; for rule is power plus ability.