a hill of beans

Definition of a hill of beans

chiefly US, informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a usually rounded natural elevation of land lower than a mountain

    :  an artificial heap or mound (as of earth)

    :  several seeds or plants planted in a group rather than a row

  1. :  to form into a heap

    :  to draw earth around the roots or base of

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  1. :  fava bean

    :  the seed of any of various erect or climbing plants (as of the genera Phaseolus and Vigna) of the legume family other than the fava bean

    :  a plant bearing beans

  1. :  to strike (a person) on the head with an object

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to criticize severely

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