Puppet strings, purse strings...


Spanish - Spain

Could anyone please tell me what these expressions mean -apart from their literal meanings-?

Puppet strings (I guess it's about manipulating or use people for one's own purposes)
Purse strings (I guess it's about handling money)

Thank you very much!!
  • unspecified

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    You're right about "puppet strings." It means being able to manipulate someone completely.

    If you "have someone by their purse strings" it means you can get them to pay you any amount of money because they have no other choice.
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