bean counter

noun

Definition of bean counter 

usually disparaging

: a person involved in corporate or government financial decisions and especially one reluctant to spend money

Examples of bean counter in a Sentence

He blames corporate bean counters for causing thousands of workers to lose their jobs.

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That’s especially true in years when April tax revenues roll in below expectations, causing bean counters to scramble to realign priorities. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay," 12 July 2018 Nevertheless, Thiele found ways around the bean counters. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album’ Review: Sitting in the Studio With Coltrane," 18 June 2018 And medicine, like any other profession, has its charlatans and jerks, and is certainly being perverted by the bean counters. Judith Shulevitz, New York Times, "Is Our Obsession With Wellness Doing Us In?," 11 June 2018 Virtually, the only people who cared were the bean counters, the stat keepers and the bookmakers. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Odubel Herrera's on-base streak for Phillies: Some historical perspective," 18 May 2018 Sorrento is an autocratic bean counter, a would-be master of the universe who doesn’t even like video games. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Ready Player One,’ Spielberg Plays the Nostalgia Game," 28 Mar. 2018 The state’s bean counters, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, recommended that the state not spend all the surplus, because lean months could be coming before the end of the fiscal year in June. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Teacher salaries: What we know about how Gov. Doug Ducey will pay for a 20 percent raise," 13 Apr. 2018 To anyone other than an airline bean counter, airfares make absolutely no sense. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Tell If You're Getting Ripped Off on Airfare," 12 Feb. 2018 In an age of drab bean counters, Miramax had moxie and mystique. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. But Hollywood Still Has a Problem.," 11 Oct. 2017

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bean counter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bean counter

: a person who helps to run a business and who only cares about money

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