loosen the purse strings
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- (idiomatic, colloquial) To increase spending or allow increased spending; to relax control of spending.
1848, Parliament of Great Britain, “The Parliamentary debates”, volume 96, page cdlvii:
- He thought the effect of this language from the Prime Minister had been to loosen the purse-strings of the Treasury.
2004, The 9/11 Commission report, final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (authorized edition), National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, page 358:
- Proponents of the counterterrorism agenda might respond by being less inclined to loosen the purse strings than they would have been if offered a convincing...
to increase or allow to increase spending