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.
- beecher, henry ward,
- beecher, lyman,
- beef bouillon,
- beef bourguignon,
- beef cattle,
- beef extract,
- beef road
Origin of beef
Examples from the Web for beefing
The U.S. campaign against ISIS leans on two pillars: conducting airstrikes, and beefing up local forces.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Once you begin to pick up on these things, the preposterousness of “beefing up security” becomes worryingly self-evident.The Strange World of Political Assassination Fantasies|James Poulos|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Others have focused on beefing up new product categories to keep pace with the changing times.Domino’s Fried-Chicken Pizza Means We’ve Hit Peak Food Trolling|Daniel Gross|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, rebel leaders insist the city is beefing up its defenses covertly.
Finally he arrived, bringing the mule and feeling very much like beefing it when he got home.Forty Years Among the Indians|Daniel W. Jones
"Always you're beefing about something happening what ain't going to happen, Abe," Morris retorted.Potash & Perlmutter|Montague Glass
A large and favorite German apple, of first-rate quality, for culinary purposes, and very much resembling our Norfolk Beefing.British Pomology|Robert Hogg
Word Origin for beef
"to complain," slang, 1888, American English, from noun meaning "complaint" (1880s). The noun meaning "argument" is recorded from 1930s. The origin and signification are unclear; perhaps it traces to the common late 19c. complaint of U.S. soldiers about the quantity or quality of beef rations.
c.1300, from Old French buef "ox; beef; ox hide" (11c., Modern French boeuf), from Latin bovem (nominative bos, genitive bovis) "ox, cow," from PIE root *gwou- "cow, ox, bull" (see cow (n.)). Original plural was beeves.
In addition to the idiom beginning with beef
- beef up
- where's the beef