also bupkes or bupkus noun plural but singular in construction Etymology: Yiddish (probably short for kozebubkes, literally, goat droppings), plural of bubke, bobke, diminutive of bub, bob bean, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish bób bean Date: 1942 the least amount ; beans <
won't win bubkes this year — Ivan Maisel
; also nothing <
received bubkes at nomination time — Lewis Beale

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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