Definition of public purse in English:

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public purse

Pronunciation: /ˈpəblik pərs/


The funds raised by a government by taxation or other means.
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.

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Syllabification: pub·lic purse

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