hill of beans


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hill of beans

A negligible amount. This phrase is most often heard as “that doesn't amount to a hill of beans.” The underlying idea is that beans are so common that even a hill of them isn't worth very much, if anything at all. The Yiddish word for “beans” is “bupkes,” which has been adopted into American English to mean “absolutely nothing.” You'll hear it at card games and racetracks when a disgusted player tosses in his hand or tears up a losing pari-mutuel ticket with an exasperated “I got bupkes.”
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Within weeks, Barack Obama will be unveiling his own "fiscal stimulus" package next to which Britain's will be a very small hill of beans.
The thief doesn't know Harvey from a hill of beans, which is a shame because he could learn a thing or two from this classy, old veteran.
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And, with apologies to Bogie, the problems of one little city don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
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What it does, as Bogey would say, doesn't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
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These and similar details fade in and out of the narrative, leading to nowhere in particular, and finally disappear altogether, leaving us to wonder why there are people who still want to call a hill of beans a mountain.