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beef-up

[ beef-uhp ]
/ ˈbifˌʌp /
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noun
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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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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