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bully beef

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noun
  1. canned or pickled beef.

Origin of bully beef

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for bully beef

Historical Examples

  • The morsel of bully-beef that Bertram put in his mouth abode with him.

    Cupid in Africa

    P. C. Wren

  • Here, too, was a huge old man, who was also diving for pennies and tins of bully-beef.

    At Suvla Bay

    John Hargrave

  • I took a tin of bully-beef with me, and so was prepared for any eventuality.

    The Great War As I Saw It

    Frederick George Scott

  • I started off in my old trench uniform and long habitant boots, carrying with me a supply of bully-beef, tinned milk and hardtack.

    The Great War As I Saw It

    Frederick George Scott

  • Under such a scorching sun the eating of the bully-beef in the men's ration bags was unthinkable.

    The Irish at the Front

    Michael MacDonagh


British Dictionary definitions for bully beef

bully beef

noun
  1. tinned corned beefOften shortened to: bully

Word Origin

C19 bully, anglicized version of French bouilli, from boeuf bouilli boiled beef
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