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2. a mealtime.
|Railroad Avenue 332: Beans – [...] lunch period.|
|Current Sl. V:1.|
SE in slang uses
1. (also full of oats) enthusiastic, excited, cheerful.
|Satirist 15 Apr. 118/3: ‘Hello, old boy, how d’ye get on —full of beans, eh?’ ‘Full of beans?’ said I, ‘what the devil’s that.’ [...] ‘Last new thing, bran spank new, heard it at Mother Emerson’s last night. How do mother, said I. ‘I’m, full of beans,’ said she, haw, haw, haw.|
|Hillingdon Hall II 82: ‘That’s ooman’s mad — full o’ beans,’ observed Mr. Jorrocks with a shake of the head.|
|Our Antipodes I 152: One or two fat constables full of beans and with nothing to do.|
|Sporting Times 29 June n.p.: The game began. ‘Ich dien,’ shouted Jack, as full of beans as the Prince of Wales’ plume [F&H].|
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 22: The great, powerful animals, so full of beans.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 268: Talbot was in the happy condition of life [...] known as being ‘full of beans’.|
|Mr Standfast (1930) 719: It was clear frosty weather which makes the cheeks tingle, and I felt so full of beans that it was hard to remember my game leg.|
|AS II:6 276: full of hops (or beans)—crazy.‘Stanford Expressions’ in|
|Gloucester Citizen 26 Oct. 10/3: They don’t pension us at 60. They expect us to be full of beans at that age.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 135: She had been a happy, smiling English girl of the best type, full of beans and buck.|
|Pioneers on Parade 99: I had a snooze, and now I’m full of oats.|
|Coll. Stories (1965) 176: I could have grabbed him round the waist and chucked him in the air, I was that full of beans.‘That Summer’ in|
|Und. Nights 164: I had just done my first stretch at the Scrubs and was feeling full of beans. If that was bird I could do it on my ear.|
|Billy Bunter at Butlins 172: Bob, as usual, was full of beans.|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 147: Now he is full of beans and vinegar and with a whole new outlook on Life.|
|London Fields 428: Lizzyboo is full of beans.|
|Guardian G2 3 Dec. 18: We liked her. She was full of beans.|
|Small Town Woman 1: Andrew was young, handsome and full of beans then.|
2. arrogant, esp. through the sudden or recent acquiring of wealth.
|Sl. Dict. 171: Full of beans, arrogant, purseproud. A person whom sudden prosperity has made offensive and conceited, is said to be too ‘full of beans’. Originally stable slang.|
3. (US) nonsensical, rubbishy.
(US) to be well aware, to be knowledgeable; often in negative.
|‘One of the Boys’ in Early Songs of Uncle Sam (1933) 58: When dancing I know beans, and I widgin ping the greens.|
|Observer and Freelance (Wellington) 29 Aug. 9/3: Bob knows how many beans make five.|
|Sporting Times 6 Feb. 1/3: Her character to draw I will not strive, / Save that she knew how many beans made five.|
|Chicago Herald n.p.: One has to know beans to be successful in the latest Washington novelty for entertainment at luncheons [JSF].|
|Courier (Lincoln, NE) 10 Nov. 12/1: It is said also that there are people [...] who don’t ‘know beans’.|
|Blackburn Wkly Standard 3 Dec. 10/2: Plaintiff: I said I knew ’ow many beans made 5 — (laughter)— and if I wor cabbage-looking I woren’t green. (Roars of laughter.).|
|DN III:i 85: know beans when the bag’s opened, v. phr. Negatively, to know little, to be stupid. ‘He doesn’t know beans when the bag’s opened’.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|DN III:iii 246: know beans when the bag’s untied, v. phr. To be sophisticated. ‘I guess I know beans when the bag’s untied’.‘Word-List From Eastern Maine’ in|
|Day Book (Chicago) 13 Nov. 19/1: Those fellows ‘know beans’ all right.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 18 Mar. 21/1: Remarks conveying the idea that somebody doesn’t know beans about cards.|
|DN III:viii 581: know beans when the bag’s open, v. phr. Used in negative expressions to indicate ignorance or mental sluggishness. ‘He doesn’t know beans when the bag’s open, does he?’.‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in|
|Eve. Star (Washington, DC) 11 Sept. 64/1: [photo caption] The man who advice is sought on a subject he doesn’t know beans about.|
to be alert, to be aware of facts or information.
|Private Sea Journals 5 May (1931) 86: His Nephew, a very genteel young Man – seems to know how many blue Beans make five, if I may be allowed the vulgar adage.|
|Adventures of John Wetherell (1954) 9–10 Oct. 69: You are all always pretending you know how many beans make five and after all know nothing at all.|
|Lawrie Todd I Pt II 90: I had met with few men in America who better knew how many beans it takes to make five.|
|‘Birmingham Boy in London’ inII (1979) 59: I’ll let them know now many beans make five.|
|Nashville Union & American (TN) 30 Apr. 3/2: Two widows, both of whom know how many beans make five, if ever women did.|
|‘Poor Little Joe’ Laughing Songster 30: I’ve gotten my eyes about me, and I knows how many beans make five.|
|Gippsland Times (Vic.) 20 June 3/6: He said he knew how many beans made five without any instructions from interlopers.|
|‘Zoological Comparisons’ [broadside ballad] Then just as we begin to know ‘how many beans makes five,’ The ladies call us puppies when we at that age arrive [F&H].|
|Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 16: To say of a man that ‘He knows how many beans makes five’ is to speak highly of his shrewdness.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 23 July 4/8: Now Combo Jim was not a lout / [...] / He knew how many beans make five, with any man in town.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 27 July 14/1: They Say [...] That Newspaper Joe knows how many beans make five.|
|Madame Prince 246: If anyone was aware how many blue beans made five it was Jim.|
|Taunton Courier 19 Sept. 10/2: They not only know how many beans make fice but also [...] how many ‘taters’ make six.|
|Dundee Eve. Teleg. 17 July 9/7: Solicitor at Shoreditch: Can you count? Debtor: I know how many beans make five.|
|Hull Dly Mail 22 Feb. 7/6: A schoolmaster has to know ‘how many beans make five’.|
|Western Dly Press 9 Mar. 4/8: We suspect that most of them know ‘how many beans make five’ ands are practical if nothing else.|
|Muvver Tongue 88: Explanations of how things work or have come out are usually capped with [...] ‘Now you know how many beans make five’.|
|Experience 344: Bernard knows how many beans make five.|
energetically, very fast.
|Comic Almanack Sept. 376: [illus.] There isn’t a young Jack Ass in the whole University but what can cut over the New Bridge like ‘Beans’!!|
|Harry Coverdale’s Courtship 104: After imbibing the ‘rosy,’ I went ahead like beans.|
|My Diary in America I 133: Five minute; we go dere as fast as beans.|
|Won in a Canter I 21: ‘I can ride; I used to jump the old nag often unknown to my governor, and could go like beans’.|
|Letters from the Southwest (1989) 17: His heels caught on the rail, and down he went like beans in Boston.letter 4 Oct. in Byrkit|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 42: Listen a shake. Foxy’s up wind comin’ down hill like beans.‘In Ambush’ in|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 191: I swear, I’m goin’ to play up like beans.‘A Little Prep’ in|
merrily, gaily, enthusiastically.
|‘The Cadger’s Ball’ in Musa Pedestris (1896) 148: The crib comes down to-morrow, / So, go it, like beans and bricks.|
to be ignorant.
|Mad mag. Oct. 7: I don’t know beans about surgery.|
(US) impressive, of some account.
|Autobiog. 328: By golly! You’re some beans in a bar-fight. I’d rather set to with an old ‘he’ bar.|