hill of beans


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hill of beans

- Refers to the planting practice of placing the seeds in clumps in a little mound (hill) of soil.
See also related terms for mound.
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It's no secret that you've only got three shale oil plays in the US of any consequence,' and, 'the rest of them don't amount to a hill of beans.
Much of the emotional effect of "Casablanca" is achieved by indirection; as we leave the theater, we are absolutely convinced that the only thing keeping the world from going crazy is that the problems of three little people do after all amount to more than a hill of beans.
CINEMA Casablanca - Film with Live Orchestra You must remember this Rick and Sam, Bogart and Bergman, and a love story that amounts to much more than just a hill of beans amid the turmoil of wartime North Africa with Max Steiner's orchestral score played live by the full orchestra.
Politicians will of course seek to frighten and intimidate leave voters with all manner of economic verbiage which doesn't amount to much more than a hill of beans.
Their pressures don't amount to a hill of beans against our pressures.
No amount of study will make me understand the British Champions Series - it doesn't work and I don't know of anybody (outside GBR employees) who thinks it worth a hill of beans.
But try telling Derek McInnes that his side's last-gasp equaliser didn't add up to a hill of beans and he might just have "ripped your head off " as Andrew Considine bluntly put it in a rare insight into the Aberdeen manager's firebrand will-to-win behind the scenes.
Leaving aside the discussion over whether newspaper endorsements amount to more than a hill of beans, especially a Monitor endorsement in the GOP primary (you think the Maggie Hassan editorial's already written for Nov.
Without your heroic failures, Andy Murray's fleeting glory wouldn't have amounted to a Henman Hill of beans.
While Heather Joseph proclaimed that open access is the norm, publishers still behaved as though their $9 billion journals business was something more than a hill of beans.
But like the politician in the joke, their words amount to little more than a hill of beans.
No finger pointing, please: Apparently the work the Ahmadi-nejad Administration said it did to save Lake Urumiyeh didn't amount to a hill of beans and the Rohani Administration has launched a review to determine what needs to be done.