"It was the law of the jungle, especially for the big guys," bean says of 1990s Russia .
Together we grimly ingested dishes of MSG with bean sprouts on the side.
Spending time with bean is somewhat disconcerting after seeing him play so many somber, doomed roles.
I was offered my first book contract, for The bean Trees, the day I came home from the hospital with my first child.
This has occurred with bean bag chairs, children's sweaters, and the Coco The Monkey Teething Toy.
Dan, nearly ten, and fast growing into a bean pole, was considered old beyond his years.
At the bean dish, he covered the long blade with a ruddy heap.
A cloud of the perfume of a West Indian bean went up from it, sweet and warm.
Dont put your elbows on the table, or belch as if you had a bean in your throat.
After all, when Bunthorne asked for a not-too-French French bean he showed more commonsense than he intended.
Old English bean "bean, pea, legume," from Proto-Germanic *bauno (cf. Old Norse baun, Middle Dutch bone, Dutch boon, Old High German bona, German Bohne), perhaps from a PIE reduplicated base *bha-bha- and related to Latin faba "bean."
As a metaphor for "something of small value" it is attested from c.1300. Meaning "head" is U.S. baseball slang c.1905 (in bean-ball "a pitch thrown at the head"); thus slang verb bean meaning "to hit on the head," attested from 1910.
The notion of lucky or magic beans in English folklore is from the exotic beans or large seeds that wash up occasionally in Cornwall and western Scotland, carried from the Caribbean or South America by the Gulf Stream. They were cherished, believed to ward off the evil eye and aid in childbirth.
Slang bean-counter "accountant" recorded by 1971. To not know beans (American English, 1933) is perhaps from the "of little worth" sense, but may have a connection to colloquial expression recorded around Somerset, to know how many beans make five "be a clever fellow."
To strike someone on the head, esp to hit a baseball batter on the head with a pitch: Not the first time I've been beaned (1910+)