the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.
an adult cow, steer, or bull raised for its meat.
brawn; muscular strength.
weight, as of a person.
an argument or dispute.
Slang. to complain; grumble.
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.
- beefless, adjective
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How to use beef in a sentence
A much nicer looking and easier-to-use Calendar, beefed up data and features in Maps, interactive textbooks in iBooks.20 Life-Altering Developments Just Announced at Apple’s Life-Altering Worldwide Developers Conference | Winston Ross | June 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Set an aggressive goal of under a year to get that savings account beefed up.
Around the country, police beefed up protection at Coptic churches.
Three teens gunned down by the stepfather of some neighborhood boys they beefed with over Facebook.
The permitting process has also been beefed up, along with a drilling safety rule the Obama administration introduced in October.
He had come down in his gig, to confer with Hilton as to the newly beefed-up fleet.Masters of Space | Edward Elmer Smith
The ship, vastly beefed up, was moving at a good fraction of the speed of light.Tulan | Carroll Mather Capps
Have you forgot how I fatted up the old cow and beefed her so that you could go and monkey with youclid and algebray?Remarks | Bill Nye
Spotting him through the crack, Neff had simply beefed into the foot-thick slab of fireproof steel.Brown John's Body | Winston Marks
They believe,” said Baird, “that they can handle the Niccola with their beefed-up tractor beams.The Aliens | Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for beef
the flesh of various bovine animals, esp the cow, when killed for eating
plural beeves (biːvz) an adult ox, bull, cow, etc, reared for its meat
informal human flesh, esp when muscular
plural beefs a complaint
(intr) slang to complain, esp repeatedly: he was beefing about his tax
(tr often foll by up) informal to strengthen; reinforce
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Other Idioms and Phrases with beef
In addition to the idiom beginning with beef
- beef up
- where's the beef
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