bean counting

noun

Definition of bean counting 

usually disparaging

: financial decision-making or analysis done by bean counters We see ignorance in the bureaucratic bean counting that threatens to overtake thoughtful, well-informed teaching.English Journal

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The individual, who was an attorney in the civil division of the office, said O’Connell fostered an anxiety among his employees through his frequent angry outbursts and constant bean counting of his employee’s political contributions. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, "Kentucky politician's staffers forced to make campaign donations, ex-employees claim," 22 May 2018 Festivities include a raffle, jelly-bean counting contest and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "March anniversary brings a sense of wonderment: Whit & Whimsey," 16 Mar. 2018 Festivities include a raffle, jelly-bean counting contest and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "March anniversary brings a sense of wonderment: Whit & Whimsey," 16 Mar. 2018 Festivities include a raffle, jelly-bean counting contest and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "March anniversary brings a sense of wonderment: Whit & Whimsey," 16 Mar. 2018 And, to be clear, this is not merely an exercise in bean counting. NBC News, "After 20 years, data show dramatic changes in party alignment," 25 Mar. 2018 Festivities include a raffle, jelly-bean counting contest and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "March anniversary brings a sense of wonderment: Whit & Whimsey," 16 Mar. 2018 And these differences aren't just about bean counting. NBC News, "Meet the Press -March 25, 2018," 25 Mar. 2018 Festivities include a raffle, jelly-bean counting contest and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "March anniversary brings a sense of wonderment: Whit & Whimsey," 16 Mar. 2018

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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