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Beans are a cheap commodity, so to count them is a rather silly thing to do. A "bean counter" is one who nitpicks over small things in order to save costs. It is a derogatory term for accountants, bankers, and anyone who holds a financial interest in an endeavor.
The Saturn ION's oil filter housing is cheap plastic because bean counters decided that a metal one was too expensive.
by kevinthenerd October 03, 2006
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slang derrogatory term used in referring to accountants.
i would hate to be a bean counter for a living. i would rather be poor and have a personality.
by RJ April 13, 2003
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Though he was a simple bean counter, he really thought he needed some form of self-defense so he decided he wanted to learn Kung-Fu.
by Light Joker January 07, 2005
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Someone who is in upper management, typically a chairman or CEO of a large corporation, who only cares about cutting costs and pleasing investors.
Jack: Do you know why we're being laid off?
Dan: It's because of those pesky bean counters
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