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Bean counter

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]


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