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bully beef

canned or pickled beef.
Origin of bully beef
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Sedition is talked round every tin of bully beef on the Peninsula.

  • If they are prepared to eat 'bully beef' and probably do their own washing-up.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • But they can go hang, says he with a wink, for me with their bully beef, a pox on it.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • bully beef, water, and biscuits were left beside him for his supper.

  • We were sealed up like bully beef in a tin, and would have had no chance.

  • For two days we had had to eat our bully beef and biscuits dry.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • For weeks it had been bully beef and biscuits, and then biscuits and bully beef.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • However, it proved a very acceptable change from our “bully beef.”

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • Sausages and bully beef, which had just been boiled, were found to be frozen inside.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa Edmund Candler
British Dictionary definitions for bully beef

bully beef

tinned corned beef Often shortened to bully
Word Origin
C19 bully, anglicized version of French bouilli, from boeuf bouilli boiled beef
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