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not amount to a hill of beans
To be insignificant; to result in or amount to nothing. The boss is just mad right now—I think all of his rules and threats won't amount to a hill of beans.
not worth a hill of beans
Of little or no importance, value, or worth. For all the congressman's posturing about overhauling the tax system, his plan to do so is not worth a hill of beans.
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hill of beans, doesn't amount to a/not worth a
Trivial, worthless. Beans apparently have been considered of little value since the thirteenth century. Chaucer, in Troilus and Criseyde (ca. 1380), wrote, “Swich [such] arguments ne been nat worth a bene.” The hill part of the expression refers to a common method of planting beans. Instead of arranging the seeds in a row, they can be planted in small clumps of four or five seeds in a little mound or hill of soil. This practice is followed principally in American home gardens (rather than by commercial growers), and indeed the expression “hill of beans” originated in America in the nineteenth century.
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