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bean counter

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bean counter

noun phrase

A statistician or arithmetical clerk in government or business; an accountant; gnome, number cruncher: Even in Britain, the bean counters couldn't tolerate a negative cash flow forever/ The bean counters always spoil our fun

[1970s+; In the mid-1800s a popular comedian called Mose the Bowery Boy ordered pork and beans: ''Say, a large piece of pork, and don't stop to count de beans,'' which became a much-quoted line]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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