[ beef-uhp ]
/ ˈbifˌʌp /
an act or instance of strengthening or reinforcing.
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Origin of beef-up
noun use of verb phrase beef up
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Idioms and Phrases with beef-up
Strengthen, reinforce, as in Mary wants us to beef up her part in the play. This phrase relies on an older slang sense of beef as “muscles” or “power.” [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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