holds the purse strings tightly, coughing up...

raymondaliasapollyon

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

Is the following a mixed metaphor?

The Hepatitis Fund holds the purse strings tightly, coughing up a mere $300 a year.

I'd appreciate your help.
 
  • Logos_

    Senior Member
    English - America
    I don't know whether to consider it a true mixed metaphor or simply two different metaphors used too close together. In any case, I would use only one of them and discard the other.
     
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