In times of financial or other crisis, it is sometimes said to be the end of the beans, the end of everything in a way ... Where does this expression come from? In the last century, we distributed beans in boarding schools to students when we did not know what to give them as food.
Indeed, beans were considered a staple food, even mediocre. When there weren't even any beans left to eat, it was "the end of everything." This is where the phrase comes from, which we use when we mean it's the end of the world, often ironically.
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- La Fin des haricots: And other mysteries of French expressions by Colette Guillemard. Omnia, 2009.