One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person, typically an accountant or bureaucrat, perceived as placing excessive emphasis on controlling expenditure and budgets.
- ‘Maybe it's because he was a bean counter before he ventured into the world of custom knifemaking as a diversion to his somewhat formal career.’
- ‘Working in political theatre is even tougher, particularly if you start off as a student with a massive overdraft to clear and the wages of a bean counter.’
- ‘Before his media-management career, Johnson was a trained bean counter at KPMG Peat Marwick - the perfect stereotype of the new breed of newspaper bosses.’
- ‘As a small business owner, you are not only the head honcho, but also the bean counter, chief salesman, IT boffin, tax specialist and marketing guru too.’
- ‘However, for the chief financial officer - a key post in any organization - the role of corporate bean counter is only part of the job.’
- ‘The move from corporate bean counter to real estate mogul has been a profitable one.’
- ‘For that, the steady hand of the bean counter is required and not the vision of the prospector manager.’
- ‘Now the stereotype has morphed from the boring little bean counter to the mad, incompetent and corrupt fool placing the financial security of millions at risk.’
- ‘The totals, if scrutinized, could possibly make the most seasoned bean counter blush.’
- ‘Somebody with a bean counter's soul has probably tabulated the waterfalls, as well.’
- ‘Instead of requiring companies to record what their pension investments actually earn each year, accounting rules allow bean counters to assume a constant annual return.’
- ‘The long-time private CEO for the Kerry Stokes empire is himself a quiet, effective, tough Scottish bean counter.’
- ‘It's no accident that the cheerfully cluttered workshop is three miles across town from the suits and bean counters at Williams-Sonoma's corporate headquarters.’
- ‘A bean counter will say you should respond by cutting in other places, which usually means shifting the burden onto other people, especially your employees.’
- ‘Professor Roland Kaye, CIMA's president, delivered a pre-dinner speech in which he tried to give friendly advice about how to distinguish between management accountants and other bean counter types.’
- ‘No, that decision had been made long ago by a faceless bean counter who had calculated he was now a risk.’
- ‘But the mild-mannered former bean counter who succeeded extrovert entrepreneur Jimmy Lai at the helm of Giordano in 1994 wasn't talking about profit slumps, redundancies or store closures.’
- ‘The bean counters know that marketing matters.’
- ‘They are temples to the French way of food which must surely never be allowed to come under the control of bean counters and marketing men.’
- ‘Enter the bean counter as Southwest's costs grow’
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