The funds raised by a government by taxation or other means: a drain on the public purse
More example sentences
- One of the reasons is that the trip was funded from the public purse and, as taxpayers, people deserve an explanation.
- Nepotism was rife, friends and relatives were given jobs or found themselves the recipients of grants funded from the public purse.
- He said that the public purse was not being properly protected.
Definition of public purse in:
- The US English dictionary