bean counters

bean counters
A derogatory name for accountants.

Accounting dictionary. 2014.

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  • bean counter — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms bean counter : singular bean counter plural bean counters informal, showing disapproval a business manager or accountant who cares only about financial numbers and profits …   English dictionary

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