full of beans

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full of beans

  1. Lively, energetic, in high spirits, as in The children were full of beans today, looking forward to their field trip. This expression has no valid explanation. [c. 1840]

  2. Also, full of prunes. Acting foolish, talking nonsense, as in One cup of coffee won't hurt youyou're full of prunes. [c. 1930] Also see full of crap.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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