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bean counter

1. A derogatory term used to describe someone who obsesses over trivial and insignificant expenditures in an attempt to save money. As soon as the staff learned they had to purchase their own office supplies, they knew it was a result of the finance department's new bean counter tightening the company's purse strings.
2. An accountant. We need to get a bean counter in here to analyze these expense reports and give us the big picture on our finances.
See also: bean, counter

bean-counter

n. a statistician; an accountant. When the bean-counters get finished with the numbers, you won’t recognize them.
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It's obvious that long gone are the days of the bean-counter, non-people-person CFO.
The bean-counters in our Government don't realise the human aspect of the Post Office."
Bean-counters in then Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald's office warned decisions on payments should be kept well away from his desk.
The latest findings come from the "bean-counters" - the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
A number of vacancies have recently available for talented bean-counters to calculate country.
If replacing an M2 machine gun pin for a couple of bucks can save replacing a $500 barrel extension, you can bet the bean-counters sit up and take notice.
Cuts that potentially pose a risk to residents are unacceptable and usually made by bean-counters - in this case central government bean-counters - who have little knowledge of the services they intend to savage.
The bean-counters have just revealed average household disposable income dropped another pounds 200 last year.
The Government and its bean-counters should think again.
While Alan Orme (Letters, May) may be understandably worried about the financial implications of climate change, I suspect that he, like most of us bean-counters, doesn't know enough about the subject to offer an informed opinion.
Although there is a small amount of adult content - 40 Hour Man is definitely for mature readers only - the primary focus is on frustrations of the working world, petty co-workers, vengeful bosses, bean-counters in suits, and other employment-related hazards.
Somebody obviously tried to raise the game with a sprinkling of drilled aluminium, but the GM bean-counters completely ruined the effect by stuffing in Astra indicator stalks and a tacky plastic interior light in the middle of the dash.
Irene O'Neill, of the Independent Federation of Nurses, said: "The new breed of hospital bean-counters know the price of everything, but the value of nothing."
Many disabled drivers struggle to use public transport or to walk distances so rely on their cars and are thus an easy target for the NEC Group's bean-counters.