not know beans about (something)

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not know beans about (something)

To know nothing or next to nothing about something. Don't ask me! I don't know beans about car engines.
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not know beans about

know nothing about. North American informal
2001 Hudson Review One tires of reading collections of prose by poets who may know their craft from holes in the ground but don't appear to know beans about anything else.
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not know ˈbeans about something

(American English, informal) know nothing about a subject: I really don’t know beans about economics.
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not know beans (about something)

tv. to know nothing about something. Don’t pay any attention to her. She doesn’t know beans.
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Scientists finally do know beans about soybeans, thanks to a newly unveiled, sequenced genome.
I wasn't a rugby fan - I didn't know beans about rugby.
The problem is we don't know beans about it," Lancaster Finance Committee member Walter Sendrowski said.
If you are calling on me and you don't know beans about me or my company, I'll know for sure that all you care about is your sale.
Yet, two years ago he got lucky on a big bull, and then, because he didn't have enough sense to know he doesn't know beans about writing, he wrote a story about that big bull--and we published it in Big Game Special 2002.
There were lots of people who said, 'He doesn't know beans about running this business.
Neither cops, DAs, judges or juries know beans about handloading so picture this: You are sitting in the witness chair and the contingency-fee lawyer who is suing you -- they'll do that you know -- for everything you own will play on the general ignorance of judge and jury to paint you as a crazed killer.
The technology experts who don't know beans about marketing.
Four-fifths of the way through her new book, For the Time Being, Annie Dillard confesses, "I don't know beans about God.
I am curious about women's bodies, though I don't know beans about them.
The consulting team's magician justifies his position by stating he doesn't have any preconceptions, which usually means he doesn't know beans about the problem.
They're smart guys, and I've had chicken at their place, but they don't know beans about trees or shade or how, with just a few minutes' work and some decent root growth, they could have a first-rate, cool-water pond that would give everybody in the neighborhood a hand up.