not amount to a hill of beans(redirected from not be worth a hill of beans)
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.
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not amount to a hill of beansor
not be worth a hill of beans
If something does not amount to a hill of beans or is not worth a hill of beans, it has no value, importance or use. In this world the problems of people like us don't amount to a hill of beans. To the sceptics, political polls aren't worth a hill of beans. Note: You can also say that something does not amount to a row of beans or is not worth a row of beans. If you're not interested in a subject, training isn't worth a row of beans. Note: Beans are sometimes planted in groups in a little mound of earth, although they are usually grown in rows.
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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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