a hill of beans

noun phrase

chiefly US, informal
: something that has little or no value
used in negative statements
These proposals don't amount to a hill of beans.

Examples of a hill of beans in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the complex play of factors behind Napoleon’s rise and fall, the judicial assassination of a French aristocrat might not have amounted to more than a hill of beans. Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Affairs, 9 Jan. 2020

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“A hill of beans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20hill%20of%20beans. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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