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.
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Origin of beef
OTHER WORDS FROM beefbeefless, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for beef
Last year, we devoured almost 100 pounds of the poultry, per capita, nearly double the amount of beef or pork that each of us, on average, consumed.These chickens earned a healthier label from the USDA|By Monica Michael Willis/Saveur|November 18, 2020|Popular Science
Unlike Dunkin’ and Burger King, who both worked with Impossible Foods to make their plant-based products, McDonald’s worked with Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat, which makes chicken, beef, and pork-like products from plants.McDonald’s Is Making a Plant-Based Burger; You Can Try It in 2021|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|November 18, 2020|Singularity Hub
Costa Rican tamales have been adapted from their Indigenous origins to include introduced ingredients like rice, chicken, beef, and carrots.Everything You Need to Know About Costa Rican Food|Nicholas Gill|November 11, 2020|Eater
This bonanza of good barbecue has come about despite declining sales, labor cutbacks, occasional beef shortages, health concerns and even, in one case, worries over visa extensions.
One exception is in the chicken category, which McDonald’s says is growing faster than beef.McDonald’s responds to the pandemic with faster drive-thrus, loyalty points, and a new chicken sandwich|Beth Kowitt|November 9, 2020|Fortune
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.
The work I do with my second two-spot is going to be smoother, and there won't be so much beefing after the pot is raked in.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
"Always you're beefing about something happening what ain't going to happen, Abe," Morris retorted.Potash & Perlmutter|Montague Glass
When you were back home you were continually beefing about what a rugged go you had being a Mid-Lower in the West-world.Frigid Fracas|Dallas McCord Reynolds
A large and favorite German apple, of first-rate quality, for culinary purposes, and very much resembling our Norfolk Beefing.British Pomology|Robert Hogg
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
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