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  • She had never seen celery in trenches, she said, and would not know beans from gourds if she saw them growing.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • It would not be pleasant for me to have them know peas, when they ought to know beans.

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
  • It was settled that he who knew peas must certainly "know beans."

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
  • "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."

    Campfire and Battlefield Rossiter Johnson

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