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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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However, I'm surprised that none of your usual bean counters have been in touch about the huge cost.
The decision, I imagine, is a cost-cutting move that probably came after bean counters crunched the paper's numbers and provided higher-ups with bulletproof evidence that commentary about the ancient gameand the space that holds itis no longer read widely enough by bubbes and zaydes from their terraces in Florida, and therefore should be snipped in favor of advertisements about, say, some totally hashtagable tech conference.
Bean counters: A bean counter has a lot in common with the recreational player, but has decided to make the commitment to building and maintaining a bankroll.
As a newspaper that understands and is supportive of this great city, please do all you can to ensure Network Rail are not allowed to introduce a cut-price cheap alternative that today's Network Rail bean counters can walk away from but which we Brummies will have to live with for decades.
Some bean counters in London probably thinks this all makes sense.
So why do a bunch of bean counters refuse this treatment?
The bean counters and number crunchers muscled their way to prominence, elbowing aside more knowledgeable colleagues in manufacturing and engineering who actually knew what they were talking about.
And the bean counters have sparked outrage by recommending 94 doctors and nurses are given the boot.
What a pity that all their time and effort is being undermined by bean counters at the top - who seem to understand balance sheets and profit margins and precious little else.
The NSWNA calls on the Government to consult with clinical nurse managers on decisions about skill mix and nursing staff, rather than leaving these decisions to the bean counters.
The FAA has a full complement of bean counters that will only tolerate ramrod-straight compliance with all rules, whether stated or implied.
So we have to hope they have enough money to answer our call - even those made by Government bean counters