purse

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noun
1 (esp. BrE) for carrying money
ADJECTIVE
leather
change (AmE)
VERB + PURSE
open
snatch, steal

She had her purse snatched.

PREPOSITION
in sb's purse

What do you keep in your purse?

2 money available to an organization/government
ADJECTIVE
public
VERB + PURSE
drain

The reforms had drained the public purse.

PURSE + NOUN
strings

Who holds the purse strings in your house?

The government will have to tighten the purse strings (= spend less).

PREPOSITION
in the purse (esp. BrE)

There is no money in the purse for this.

3 (AmE) bag for carrying things ⇨ See also ↑handbag
ADJECTIVE
bulging

She handed him a bulging velvet purse.

leather, silk, etc.
matching

She wore pink heels with a matching clutch purse.

clutch
VERB + PURSE
clutch, hold

Both women clutched their purses close to their bodies.

carry
grab, pick up, snatch

She grabbed her purse and headed out the door.

open
dig in, dig into, dig through, reach into, rummage through

I dug in my purse to find my respirator.

I rummaged through my purse for my lip gloss.

snatch, steal

She had her purse snatched.

PURSE + NOUN
snatcher
PREPOSITION
in sb's purse

What do you keep in your purse?

PHRASES
sling a purse over your shoulder, throw a purse over your shoulder

She slung her black leather purse over her shoulder.

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verb
Purse is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑lip, ↑mouth
Purse is used with these nouns as the object: ↑lip, ↑mouth

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • purse — [pɜːs ǁ pɜːrs] noun [singular] 1. the amount of money that a person, organization, or country has available to spend: • We offer holidays to suit every purse. 2. the public purse ECONOMICS the money controlled by a government: • The project is a… …   Financial and business terms

  • Purse — Purse, n. [OE. purs, pors, OF. burse, borse, bourse, F. bourse, LL. bursa, fr. Gr. ? hide, skin, leather. Cf. {Bourse}, {Bursch}, {Bursar}, {Buskin}.] 1. A small bag or pouch, the opening of which is made to draw together closely, used to carry… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Purse — Purse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pursed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pursing}.] 1. To put into a purse. [1913 Webster] I will go and purse the ducats straight. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purse — (n.) O.E. pursa little bag made of leather, from M.L. bursa purse (Cf. O.Fr. borse, 12c., Fr. bourse), from L.L., variant of byrsa hide, from Gk. byrsa hide, leather. Change of b to p perhaps by infl. of O.E. pusa, O.N. posi …   Etymology dictionary

  • purse — [pʉrs] n. [ME < OE purs < ML bursa, bag, purse < LL, hide < Gr byrsa] 1. a small bag or pouch for carrying money 2. financial resources; money 3. a sum of money collected as a present or given as a prize ☆ 4. a woman s handbag 5.… …   English World dictionary

  • Purse — Purse, v. i. To steal purses; to rob. [Obs. & R.] [1913 Webster] I ll purse: . . . I ll bet at bowling alleys. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purse — [n1] tote for carrying personal items bag, billfold, bursa, carryall, clutch, frame, handbag, hide, leather, lizard, moneybag, pocket, pocketbook, poke, pouch, receptacle, reticule, sack, wallet; concepts 339,446,450,494 purse [n2] award;… …   New thesaurus

  • purse — ► NOUN 1) a small pouch for carrying money. 2) N. Amer. a handbag. 3) money for spending; funds. 4) a sum of money given as a prize in a sporting contest. ► VERB ▪ (with reference to the lips) pucker or contract. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • purse — index reward, stake (award), treasury Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • purse — sb. (fk.) (præmiesum ved et boksestævne) …   Dansk ordbog

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