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: the least amount : beans
won't win bubkes this year —Ivan Maisel
received bubkes for their efforts
1937, in the meaning defined above
Yiddish (probably short for kozebubkes, literally, goat droppings), plural of bubke, bobke, diminutive of bub, bob bean, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish bób bean
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