Meaning of “bean counter” in the English Dictionary

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"bean counter" in British English

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bean counternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbiːn ˌkaʊn.tər/ us /ˈbiːn ˌkaʊn.t̬ɚ/ mainly US informal disapproving

(Definition of “bean counter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bean counter" in Business English

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bean counternoun [ C ]

uk us 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.

(Definition of “bean counter” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)