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purse

  

      n  
1    a small bag or pouch, often made of soft leather, for carrying money, esp. coins  
2      (U.S. and Canadian)   a woman's handbag  
3    anything resembling a small bag or pouch in form or function  
4    wealth; funds; resources  
5    a sum of money that is offered, esp. as a prize  
      vb  
6    tr   to contract (the mouth, lips, etc.) into a small rounded shape  
     (Old English purs, probably from Late Latin bursa bag, ultimately from Greek: leather)  


long purse  
      n  
Informal   wealth; riches  
mermaid's purse  
      n      another name for       sea purse  
privy purse  
      n   often caps  
1   
a    (in Britain) an allowance voted by Parliament for the private expenses of the monarch: part of the civil list  
b    (in other countries) a similar sum of money for the monarch  
2    an official of the royal household responsible for dealing with the monarch's private expenses,   (Full name)    Keeper of the Privy Purse  
purse seine  
      n   a large net towed, usually by two boats, that encloses a school of fish and is then closed at the bottom by means of a line resembling the string formerly used to draw shut the neck of a money pouch or purse  
purse strings  
      pl n   control of finance or expenditure (esp. in such phrases as hold or control the purse strings)  
sea purse  
      n   a tough horny envelope containing fertilized eggs, produced by the female of certain sharks and skates,   (Also called)    mermaids purse  
shepherd's-purse  
      n   a cruciferous plant, Capsella bursa-pastoris, having small white flowers and flattened triangular seed pods  
     (C15: compare Latin bursa pastoris, French bourse-de-berger, German Hirtentasche, Dutch herdentasch)  
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handbag  
      n  
1      (Also called)    bag, purse          U.S. and Canadian  
pocketbook   chiefly U.S., a woman's small bag carried to contain personal articles  
2    a small suitcase that can be carried by hand  
3    a commercial style of House music  
     ((for sense 3) C20: humorous allusion to the trend for groups of women to dance round their handbags in discos, nightclubs, etc.)  


long purse  
      n  
Informal   wealth; riches  
mermaid's purse  
      n      another name for       sea purse  
privy purse  
      n   often caps  
1   
a    (in Britain) an allowance voted by Parliament for the private expenses of the monarch: part of the civil list  
b    (in other countries) a similar sum of money for the monarch  
2    an official of the royal household responsible for dealing with the monarch's private expenses,   (Full name)    Keeper of the Privy Purse  
purse         
      n  
1    a small bag or pouch, often made of soft leather, for carrying money, esp. coins  
2      (U.S. and Canadian)   a woman's handbag  
3    anything resembling a small bag or pouch in form or function  
4    wealth; funds; resources  
5    a sum of money that is offered, esp. as a prize  
      vb  
6    tr   to contract (the mouth, lips, etc.) into a small rounded shape  
     (Old English purs, probably from Late Latin bursa bag, ultimately from Greek: leather)  
purse seine  
      n   a large net towed, usually by two boats, that encloses a school of fish and is then closed at the bottom by means of a line resembling the string formerly used to draw shut the neck of a money pouch or purse  
purse strings  
      pl n   control of finance or expenditure (esp. in such phrases as hold or control the purse strings)  
sea purse  
      n   a tough horny envelope containing fertilized eggs, produced by the female of certain sharks and skates,   (Also called)    mermaids purse  
shepherd's-purse  
      n   a cruciferous plant, Capsella bursa-pastoris, having small white flowers and flattened triangular seed pods  
     (C15: compare Latin bursa pastoris, French bourse-de-berger, German Hirtentasche, Dutch herdentasch)  

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purse

  

      n  
1    money-bag, pouch, wallet  
2    coffers, exchequer, funds, means, money, resources, treasury, wealth, wherewithal  
3    award, gift, present, prize, reward  
      vb  
4    close, contract, knit, pout, press together, pucker, tighten, wrinkle  

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make a silk purse out of a sow's ear exp.
the impossibility to make a good quality product using bad quality materials

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npl.
testicles ; genitalia ; gonads ; nuts ; privates ; pudenda ; stones ; testes ; private parts ; family jewels ; bollocks ; balls ; cullions ; rocks ; boys ; cherries ; coin purse ; cojones ; deez ; gear ; giggleberries ; grapes ; knackers ; nuggets ; plums ; sack
[Slang];[UK] Ex.: Get the fuck out of here before I rip your goolies off, you bastard!
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