noun, plural beeves [beevz] /bivz/ for 2; beefs for 4.
- brawn; muscular strength.
- strength; power.
- weight, as of a person.
- human flesh.
- a complaint.
- an argument or dispute.
verb (used without object)
- to add strength, numbers, force, etc., to; strengthen: During the riots, the nighttime patrol force was beefed up with volunteers.
- to increase or add to: to beef up our fringe benefits.
Origin of beef
Related formsbeef·less, adjective
Examples from the Web for beef
Champagne, which is also acidic, offers a nice complement to anything from tuna tartare to beef bourguignon.
The freezer is filled with meat, sides of beef and large pieces of lamb.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The beef began three days ago, when Snoop posted an unflattering Iggy meme to his Instagram.Who Dat, Who Dat? It’s Snoop Dogg Saying Misogynistic Things to I-G-G-Y|Amy Zimmerman|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My beef is not with Jolie, whom I congratulate on her work, and admire as human being simply trying to do a little bit of good.
This is also a show that decided that in order to get better it needed to beef up its female presence.
Between tea and coffee, or beef and mutton there is a relation of a different kind.Supply and Demand|Hubert D. Henderson
They were short of provisions, and we gave them a barrel of ship-bread, and seventy pounds of beef.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
What does it matter when the beef is so tough that you might sole your boots with it?
The beef had been quartered and roasted on a spit over a charcoal fire, outside one of the huts.Francisco Our Little Argentine Cousin|Eva Cannon Brooks
Roast mutton, like roast beef, is better served rather underdone, but should be a little more done than beef.
British Dictionary definitions for beef
Word Origin for beef
Idioms and Phrases with beef
In addition to the idiom beginning with beef
- beef up
- where's the beef