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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. 2017.
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  • When you're so sick you can't stand you get your supper, dry bread and bully beef.

    The Tree of Heaven May Sinclair
  • Sedition is talked round every tin of bully beef on the Peninsula.

  • bully beef and biscuits are seldom eaten; goodness knows why we are supplied with them.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • bully beef, water, and biscuits were left beside him for his supper.

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

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

  • The officer taking over B116 hated wiring worse than bully beef.

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

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • Mervin originated the idea in the early morning as he was dressing a finger which he had cut when opening a tin of bully beef.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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