string bean


Definition of string bean 

1 : a bean of one of the older varieties of kidney bean that have stringy fibers on the lines of separation of the pods broadly : snap bean

2 : a very tall thin person

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Examples of string bean in a Sentence

Her boyfriend's a real string bean.

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Kaling is a newbie to food prepping, but she’s taken on some tricky recipes and ingredients, cooking sweet potatoes and string beans, chopping up mango chunks and poaching salmon. Blake Bakkila,, "The Meal Prep Trick That Mindy Kaling Swears By," 9 July 2018 It’s hard to square that horrific past with the sunny, 6-foot-4 string bean who strides through Lowe’s like a small-town mayor in a Fourth of July parade. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "By day, he runs for president of South Sudan. By night, he unloads trucks at Lowe’s.," 7 July 2018 The chopped string beans are a little too gray, the potatoes a little too mushy. Emily Schultz, Bon Appetit, "This Spicy Kimchi Slaw Provides More Balance Than a Yoga Class," 30 May 2018 Rapidly blanching string beans and shocking them in an ice bath preserves their bright green color and pleasant crunch. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep it simple and seasonal in the kitchen during summer," 7 June 2018 My mom, a Greek farmer who’d immigrated here from an agrarian village, had spent the early years of my childhood growing lush string beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on the side of our house along the Upper Darby trolley tracks. Maria Panaritis,, "My child has never known his grandmom. But somehow he found her spring flower | Maria Panaritis," 30 May 2018 For the Milwaukee Brewers, that pitcher is Josh Hader, a string bean lefty with long hair, glasses, tattoos and a funny uniform number. New York Times, "Enter Josh Hader, the Middle-Innings ‘Closer’," 21 Apr. 2018 Gretzky broke in as a 6-foot, 160-pound shrimp; Curry as a 6-2, 170-pound string bean. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gretzky knows what it’s like to be Curry," 9 Feb. 2018 There were purple eggplants, guavas, little kiwis like old men’s heads, kumquats, and string beans. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Nighthawks of the Giant," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of string bean

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of string bean

: a type of long, thin green bean

: a very tall thin person

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Kids Definition of string bean

: a bean with a long slender pod that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable

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