- 1An edible seed, typically kidney-shaped, growing in long pods on certain leguminous plants.More example sentences
- We went to Notcutts and bought some compost since my bean seedlings are growing into triffids and need planting out ASAP.
- About half the nation's $629 million dry edible bean crop is grown in those two states and Michigan.
- There are also shell beans (lima, navy, kidney, mung, garbanzo and soya) that you can grow just for the bean seeds inside the pod.
- 1.1The hard seed of coffee, cocoa, and certain other plants.More example sentences
- Some of the world's largest industries are built around beans: coffee and cocoa, for example.
- Cocoa processing (crushing the beans to form cocoa powder and butter) is far more profitable than cocoa growing.
- Cocoa beans contain copper and most of the mineral remains preserved after the beans are processed into cocoa or chocolate.
- 2A leguminous plant that bears beans in pods.
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- Phaseolus and other genera, family Leguminosae: numerous species, including the scarlet runner (P. coccineus), kidney bean (P. vulgaris), and broad bean (Vicia faba)
- One warning: do not plant near beans, caraway, tomatoes, coriander or wormwood-they do not work well together.
- Hyacinth bean, a vigorous annual vine, can quickly cover an arbor during one season.
- Ricin, one of the deadliest naturally occurring poisons, is derived from castor plant beans, which are grown worldwide to produce castor oil.
- 3 [with negative] (also beans) • informal A very small amount or nothing at all of something (used emphatically): there is not a single bean of substance in the report I didn’t know beans about being a step-parentMore example sentences
- Having the world's best beans doesn't mean beans unless they are roasted correctly.
- When it comes to small businesses, the net profit doesn't mean beans because the seller is doing everything possible to keep this number low to avoid taxes.
- There really isn't much to recycle in the ordinary light bulb, even the combination of glass and metal doesn't amount to beans.
- 4 • informal A person’s head, typically when regarded as a source of common sense.More example sentences
- You gotta use your bean to get this right so, as they say in the military, listen up.
- Every time you make a decision, take any action on your own responsibility, give and order or use your bean, you are preparing yourself for greater opportunities.
- Why doesn't Foley use his bean and draft legislation prohibiting tornadoes from entering or coming near to trailer parks?
verb[with object] • informal , chiefly North American Back to top
- Hit (someone) on the head: Boone was nearly beaned by that wild pitchMore example sentences
- That felt better until a bunch of 12-year-olds started beaning me in the head with their tubes.
- During the fifth inning though she was beaned by the ball while the opponent was at bat.
- They're still waiting, in part because his 1998 season was ruined when he was beaned at midseason, and then he struggled with his confidence.
full of beans
- • informal Lively; in high spirits.More example sentences
- Chirpy, smiley, full of beans - these are just some of the words which do not describe first-time quarter-finalist David Gray.
- When I last spoke to her yesterday she was full of beans, very cheerful and chirpy, so I deduce from that that all was going well.
- They were lovely kids: bright, intelligent and full of beans.
a hill (or row) of beans
- [with negative] Anything of any importance or value: three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy worldMore example sentences
- Ms. Hill, you see, favors people who are ‘diverse,’ which apparently means any and all who agree with her, and she doesn't care a hill of beans for anyone else, of whatever hue or gender.
- When Bogart said to Bergman in Casablanca: ‘The problems of two people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world,’ he could not have been more incorrect.
- The problems of three or three hundred or three hundred thousand little bloggers don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
- British • informal • dated A friendly form of address, usually to a man: great to see you, old bean!More example sentences
- Nice to see you thinking outside the box, old bean.
- But when you remember you're hundreds of feet up in a great chunk of Victorian genius, you doff your hat and remember your place, old bean.
- I always think of him saying something like ‘you simply have to, old bean, you simply have to!’
Old English bēan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boon and German Bohne.
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