old bean

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old bean (plural old beans)

  1. (Britain, slang, dated, sometimes as a term of address) An old friend; an old chap or fellow.
    • 1876, The Atlantic Monthly (volume 37, page 238)
      [] it is really an uncommon piece of exaggerative imagination which we find in the description of this old bean's elaborate costume, with its pads, straps, strings []
    • 1905, H. G. Wells, Kipps vi. §4
      When this here old Bean told me, you could have knocked me down with a feather.

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