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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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Bean-counters in then Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald's office warned decisions on payments should be kept well away from his desk.
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.
To hell with the Whitehall bean-counters, build more prisons and put law-abiding citizens before criminals.
YET again the bean-counters have been at work and it's been revealed that Britain's dog and cat lovers will spend pounds 100million on pressies for their pets.
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.
Fox's bean-counters report that Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game shows the L.
I was very upset last September when the Programme for Adult Education was delivered and I realised what a wholesale destruction of the service had been carried out to the god of bean-counters and small-minded people of little vision.
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.
The bean-counters at The People are a bit like my old Scottish mate Ian St John - tighter than a mallard's posterior.
The Phoenix Four's reputations may have been tarnished by the demise of MG Rover, but their ill-fated reign at Longbridge is now overshadowed by the grasping bean-counters of HBOS.
As usual the NHS management, unlike the NHS staff at the sharp end, does not work for the benefit of the patients but for the bean-counters in suits.
The smart alec whizzkids and management bean-counters who have tarnished that reputation are not the people to restore it.