bean counter


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bean counter

n. Slang
A person, such as an accountant or financial officer, who is concerned with quantification, especially to the exclusion of other matters.

bean′ count`er


n.
Informal. a person who makes judgments chiefly on the basis of numerical calculations.
[1975–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bean counter - an accountant or bureaucrat who is believed to place undue emphasis on the control of expendituresbean counter - an accountant or bureaucrat who is believed to place undue emphasis on the control of expenditures
accountant, comptroller, controller - someone who maintains and audits business accounts
administrative official, bureaucrat - an official of a bureaucracy
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