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b) to be extremely energetic
full of beans = putzmunter sein, voller Tatendrang
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"She is starting to show her age a bit now, her eyesight is going slightly, but she is still FULL OF BEANS and we hope that she will celebrate many more birthdays to come."
(Port Lympne Wild Animal Park zoo keeper talking about the 40th birthday of their black rhino Rukwa)
No longer 21 and FULL OF BEANS, Bob Dylan has continued to write about moments, but he's accrued wisdom along the way.
(Houston Chronicle newspaper)
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full of beans
- to have a lot of energy and enthusiasm
(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
The expression "full of beans" derives from the once common practice of feeding horses beans, which are a well-known source of energy. This was especially common with race horses at one time. These days, race horses are given specially-designed feed that releases energy slowly.
Although less frequently, this expression is also used in the context of "badly mistaken, erroneous". In this context it is similar to expressions like "full of shit", "full of crap" or "full of baloney".
For those interested in further expanding their repertoire of idioms with the word "bean", here are some additional phrases:
- doesn't know beans = to know nothing about someone or something (How did he get that job? He doesn't know beans about computers)
- spill the beans = to reveal a secret or surprise (It was supposed to be a surprise birthday party, but someone spilled the beans)
- not worth a hill of beans = to have little value or worth (My car is not worth a hill of beans anymore)
full of piss and vinegar, energetic, lively, peppy, vivacious
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