Definition of Bean counter

1. Noun. An accountant or bureaucrat who is believed to place undue emphasis on the control of expenditures.

Definition of Bean counter

1. Noun. (idiomatic mildly derogatory) A person, such as an accountant or financial officer, who is concerned with quantification, especially to the exclusion of other matters: (Financial Times).. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bean Counter

bean-shaped plasma
bean aphid
bean bag
bean bags
bean ball
bean beetle
bean blight
bean caper
bean counter (current term)
bean counters
bean curd
bean curve
bean dip
bean feast
bean goose
bean hole
bean holes
bean plant
bean pole
bean poles
bean queen
bean queens
bean sprout

Literary usage of Bean counter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Alliance Adrift by Yoichi Funabashi (1999)
"In other words, the report was nothing more than a bean-counter's tract. "We have always maintained that the US bases are like a cancer on our attempts to ..."

2. The Guardians by Lawrence Murray, Murray Lawrence (2002)
""That is what I should put into the report, but he is famous and, to all except the Board, I'ma bean counter. Worse, he does not dispute these data so I am ..."

3. Bridging Regional Growth and Community Empowerment edited by Michael A. Stegman, William J. Benfanti, John P. Ross (1996)
"Former employees describe him as an archetypical "bean counter" who established formal decisionmaking procedures and systems at a time when flexibility and ..."

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