Definition of public purse in English:

public purse

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  • The funds raised by a government by taxation or other means: a drain on the public purse
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    • 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.

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Word of the day grotesquerie
Pronunciation: grəʊˈtɛskəri
grotesque quality or grotesque things collectively