Over time, the practice was discontinued and the idiom became figurative.However, this etymology for spill the beans has been questioned by linguists.
The much more likely idiomatic reading, however, is non-compositional: Fred is understood to have died.
They are duplicated here with permission of the author, Evelyn Farbman, and the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Inc.
The seventeen quizzes with a gold marble were written by the English faculty at an estimable midwestern university and are used here with the permission of that department.
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