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    #1

    sell a cow for magic beans.

    "You sold a cow for magic beans."

    What does this person mean?

    Thanks

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    Re: sell a cow for magic beans.

    That's pretty straightforward. The person who sold the cow got some magic beans for the cow. (The other party to the deal now has the cow.)


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    Re: sell a cow for magic beans.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    That's pretty straightforward. The person who sold the cow got some magic beans for the cow. (The other party to the deal now has the cow.)

    Well, this a metaphor. The trade in question isn't like that. I just wondered why the person used the words "cow" and "magic beans". I guess I found it.

    Have a look here

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    Re: sell a cow for magic beans.

    It is a reference to the classic English folk tale "Jack and the Beanstalk.'

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    Re: sell a cow for magic beans.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It is a reference to the classic English folk tale "Jack and the Beanstalk.'
    That is true, of course. And I am pretty sure I was going to refer to that in my post. But the Wi-Fi went out. (They always blame the website when that happens.)


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