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string bean

any of various kinds of bean, as the green bean, the unripe pods of which are used as food, usually after stripping off the fibrous thread along the side.
the pod itself.
Informal. a tall, thin person.
Origin of string bean
An Americanism dating back to 1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • First this pod stuffs and fattens itself out with egg-stuff, like a string bean.

    Natural Wonders Edwin Tenney Brewster
  • If it is to be used as a snap or string bean for early market, quick-maturing green or wax-podded varieties are selected.

  • Butter bean salad is made the same as string bean Salad, or dress with mayonaise.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • She tried to model herself on the lines of a string bean, slightly warped by the Sun.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
British Dictionary definitions for string bean

string bean

any of several bean plants, such as the scarlet runner, cultivated for their edible unripe pods See also green bean, wax bean
(informal) a tall thin person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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