Definition of 'purse'
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Your wallet or purse will certainly feel the heat. The Sun (2016)This is as much a public purse problem as a public health problem. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But what are the administrators in charge of the purse strings doing about it? The Sun (2016)Fourteen per cent no longer bother with a wallet or purse. The Sun (2016)Those controlling our purse strings certainly know what's in it for them. The Sun (2016)The compact portable charger is so slinky it can fit like a credit card in your wallet or purse and boasts a built-in cable. The Sun (2016)It might compete for the purse of people looking to buy consumer electronics; people might buy a tablet rather than a high-spec smartphone. Computing (2010)The former PM already gets nearly 3million a year from the public purse. The Sun (2016)The departure of the two heavyweight props will enable the purse strings to be loosened. Times, Sunday Times (2012)One person was dismissed after stealing money from the purse of a person they were caring for. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He has taken the risk of relying on youth and keeping his purse strings closed. Times, Sunday Times (2013)My mouth purses of its own accord. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They have had more than enough money out of the public purse. The Sun (2009)Voters are feeling the pain in their wallets and purses. The Sun (2008)Retailers hope that this year consumers will loosen their purse strings as inflation eases. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The interest on the debt still has to be met from the public purse. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Keep your ticket in a wallet or purse. The Sun (2016)Wonder where she keeps her purse? The Sun (2013)Give them a small purse with local coins in, and explain their value. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It is time to turn that sow's ear into a silk purse. The Sun (2016)Jennings pulled himself up into the compartment, opened the lid of the box and withdrew the two leather purses. Man of Honour (2007)She runs the designs past her mum, who thinks they should always have a zip to stop people stealing your purse. Times, Sunday Times (2011)AS the economy crumbles, women are seizing the family purse strings. The Sun (2012)On his bed were about 15 empty beer bottles and a woman 's purse. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The thief did not return a digital camera, handbag, purse and credit cards. The Sun (2009)WHAT'S good for people 's purses isn't necessarily good for their health. The Sun (2015)Or entering a lift and seeing'a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off'. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'purse'
British English: purse /pɜːs/ NOUN
A purse is a very small bag that people, especially women, keep their money in.
She reached in her purse for her money.
- American English: change purse
- Arabic: جِزْدَان
- Brazilian Portuguese: carteira
- Chinese: 钱包
- Croatian: novčanik
- Czech: peněženka dámská
- Danish: håndtaske
- Dutch: portemonnee
- European Spanish: monedero
- Finnish: kukkaro
- French: porte-monnaie
- German: Geldbeutel
- Greek: πορτοφόλι
- Italian: borsellino
- Japanese: 財布
- Korean: 지갑
- Norwegian: pung
- Polish: portfel
- European Portuguese: carteira
- Romanian: poșetă
- Russian: кошелек
- Spanish: monedero
- Swedish: portmonnä
- Thai: ถุงเงิน
- Turkish: cüzdan kadın
- Ukrainian: гаманець
- Vietnamese: ví đựng tiền
Definition of purse from the Collins English Dictionary
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