Definition of public purse in English:

public purse


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

    ‘a drain on the public purse’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why should what we pay or don't pay to the public purse be confidential?’
    • ‘Demands on the public purse continue to grow and tax revenues are depleted.’


public purse

/ˈpəblik pərs/ /ˈpəblɪk pərs/