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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As a lifelong farmer from Iowa, I learned long ago the fruits of ones labor wont be worth a hill of beans without the proper groundwork.
But humour is important in politics, because it leavens, it humanises and it brings a touch of civilisation to proceedings, an awareness that there is life and meaning beyond the debate -- that, in a few centuries, this dreadfully serious moment won't add up to a hill of beans and we may even look back and laugh.
" Of course, Rangers could build a scale model of St George's Park but it wouldn't amount to a hill of beans if they don't begin to challenge ence there for trophies on a regular basis.
There were mutterings of discontent to be sure, after all 58 dead is a sizeable massacre, but there were no concerted efforts to spring to the defence of the Palestinians other than on social media which in this instance matters not a hill of beans.
"Technical demonstrations and publications don't amount to a hill of beans. The only metric by which a microscope should be judged is how many people use it, and the significance of what they discover with it," Betzig says.
But if "the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world," as Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) put it in "Casablanca," "The Americans" also proves that ideology and politics are insufficient to solve the dilemmas of the human heart.
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.'
Lucy O'Carroll, chief economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: "Today's headline number doesn't amount to a hill of beans in isolation.
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.
Having six numbers doesn't add up to a hill of beans unless Camelot approve the numbers.