Green’s Dictionary of Slang

beans n.2

[SE bangs, hits; f. backform. give someone beans ]

a disappointment, a punishment.

[UK] ‘’Arry on the Elections’ in Punch 27 July 39/1: What beans it must be to ’old ’Arcourt, wot toko to Lawson and Caine!

In phrases

acknowledge the beans (v.)

US to admit failure, ignorance.

[US]Boston Blade 10 June n.p.: That word ‘norx’ [...] fanned the crowd. Ike, even , was non-plussed and acknowledged the beans.
get beans (v.)

(orig. US) to be punished, to suffer.

[UK]Pick-me-up 5 Aug. 302: [headline] He would get beans at Bedford .
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 28 Apr. 3/3: Reid was glad the Judge had got beans for the way he used to scarify him when he (Reid) was a very small pertater barrister.
[Aus]F. Garrett diary 22 May [Internet] The Turks on Quinns post got particular beans last night and ran out of the trenches in a panic calling upon Allah.
[UK]Portsmouth Eve. News 20 May 3/4: ‘HG’ was a ‘hot one’ as a boy, and if anyone opposed him they used to get ‘beans’.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 60/1: —1890.
[NZ]H. Beaton Outside In I i: Next time He’s gonna get His fucken beans.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 244: beans (n) e.g., get one’s —. Be beaten up. British army slang, quoted by Kipling in 1890.
[NZ]A. Duff One Night Out Stealing 18: Twice he’d done time for it. Sonny, I think Mr Reid might be gonna get his beans here. Is that so?
give someone beans (v.)

1. (orig. US) to scold; to deal severely with, to punish heavily.

[US]Uncle Sam Peculiarities I 98: I [...] was at the battle of New Orleans, where we gave the British beans [DA].
[US]T. Haliburton Sam Slick in England I 107: How I long to walk into some o’ these chaps, and give ’em beans!
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 7 Sept. 5/4: While my blue-blooded young man was giving him beans, I’d just hover around.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 July 5/4: Perhaps an actor is all the rage, / He struts his hour on the mimic stage, / With skill he interprets all the scenes – / And yet next morning I give him beans.
[UK]Tabrar & Costello [perf. Marie Lloyd] Madam Duvan [lyrics] They work all day, and don’t she give him beans.
[UK]R. Whiteing No. 5 John Street 288: Go it, Tom Thumb! give ’im beans.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Oct. 35/4: We had a chat about things for a bit, and then we went down to the manager’s office and gave him particular beans. He tried to tell us the pumping machine had gone cronk, and he couldn’t help the water. But we knew better.
[Aus]L. Stone Jonah 25: But ’e woke up about twelve, an’ give me beans ’cause I’d let him sleep till the pubs was shut.
[UK]A.N. Depew Gunner Depew 129: They did not brag when they gave the Turks beans.
Wodehouse Joy in Morning 145: He wanted to give me beans, but Florence wouldn’t let him.

2. to bore.

[UK]W. Pett Ridge Mord Em’ly 181: It’s the blanky meenotomy of it that gives you beans [...] otherwise, it ain’t a bad life.

3. of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 22: Avoine (donner l’). To copulate; ‘to give one beans’.
[US]D. Clemmer Prison Community (1940) 330/1: beans, n A copulation, vi. To copulate.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 118: I told him I’s givin’ her beans before him.