She had never seen celery in trenches, she said, and would not know beans from gourds if she saw them growing.
It would not be pleasant for me to have them know peas, when they ought to know beans.
It was settled that he who knew peas must certainly "know beans."
"I think you 'know beans' as well as most Hoosiers," replied her particular admirer, in a tone of unmistakable blandishment.
The lumberman and the soldier declare that he who has not eaten them cooked in this manner does not really "know beans."