- 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.
- strength; power.
- weight, as of a person.
- human flesh.
- a complaint.
- an argument or dispute.
- Slang. to complain; grumble.
- beef up,
- 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.
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
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
September 24, 2014
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
April 16, 2014
Still, rebel leaders insist the city is beefing up its defenses covertly.The Libyan Rebels' Decisive Next Battle
March 14, 2011
A large and favorite German apple, of first-rate quality, for culinary purposes, and very much resembling our Norfolk Beefing.British Pomology
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
- 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 repeatedlyhe was beefing about his tax
- (tr often foll by up) informal to strengthen; reinforce
Word Origin and History for beefing
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with beefing
In addition to the idiom beginning with beef
- beef up
- where's the beef