bean counter


bean counter
bean counter ˈbean ˌcounter noun [countable] informal disapproving ACCOUNTING
someone whose job is to study financial figures and work out the cost of doing something, and who is only concerned with making a profit:

• the bean counters who can so easily undermine a creative enterprise

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bean counter UK US noun [C] INFORMAL DISAPPROVING
a person who makes financial decisions for a company or government, especially someone who wants to severely limit the amount of money spent: »

The Treasury's role is to act as Britain's bean counter in chief.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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