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.
In April, the new democratically elected South Korean President, Lee Myung Bak lifted a ban on imported American beef.
The Internet Is Bad For You Andrew Keen December 18, 2008
This miniaturized gym routine enabled the scientists to grow usable quantities of bovine muscle—otherwise known as beef.
The $330,000 Fake Burger Nico Hines August 4, 2013
She would cook all these 1950s dishes like beef Wellington, scalloped potatoes.
Extra Virgin: The Sauciest Show on TV Marlow Stern April 5, 2011
The government needs to stop borrowing, start saving, and beef up socioeconomic programs.
The Price of Recovery Robert Hormats February 23, 2009
You care about where your eggs and beef and lettuce come from, but what about your pot?
How Green Is Your Green? Pot’s Terrible Environmental Record Emily Brady July 6, 2013
Saxe Gotha responded to the greeting with a puppy gambol, and devoured the beef with gusto.
Wisconsin in Story and Song; Various
A roast of beef meant a visit, in Dr. Ed’s modest-paying clientele.
K Mary Roberts Rinehart
What a delightful thing if the English would make other kinds of sausages as well as their beef and pork ones!
The Belgian Cookbook Various
Falling in with an American in the Bay of Biscay, we got a barrel of beef which lasted us in.
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
Our mess had laid in a supply early in the morning: six chickens, a beef and a goose was our stock for eight men.
An Artilleryman’s Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
the flesh of various bovine animals, esp the cow, when killed for eating
(pl) beeves (biːvz). an adult ox, bull, cow, etc, reared for its meat
(informal) human flesh, esp when muscular
(pl) beefs. a complaint
(intransitive) (slang) to complain, esp repeatedly: he was beefing about his tax
(informal) (transitive) often foll by up. to strengthen; reinforce
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.
“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.
A complaint; grievance: Her mother called up to register a beef (1890s+)
A criminal charge or indictment: ”What was your beef, Jim?” ”Robbery” (1910+ Underworld)
A quarrel; argument: I’ve got no beef with you, buddy (1930s+)
A customer’s bill or check; bad news, the DAMAGE (1930s+)
Muscle; strength; huskiness (mid-1800s+)
Bulkiness; fleshiness; mass: The old chorus girls had lots of beef, not like now (mid-1800s+)
The penis (1890+)
: The hospital beefed when the city announced plans (1880s+)
To quarrel: We started beefing with each other (1930s+)
In addition to the idiom beginning with beef
- Beef about someone
beef about someone verb phrase To complain about someone or something: They beef about dinner constantly
a hybrid animal that is a cross between a buffalo and the domestic cow, bred for disease resistance and for meat with low fat content. the meat of such an animal.
- Beef bouillon
a broth made either by straining water in which bits of lean beef have been cooked or by dissolving beef extract in hot water. Historical Examples This may be used in place of beef bouillon, with the clam broth, for Bellevue bouillon. Ice Creams, Water Ices, Frozen Puddings Together with Refreshments for all Social Affairs […]
- Beef bourguignon
boeuf bourguignon. Contemporary Examples Champagne, which is also acidic, offers a nice complement to anything from tuna tartare to beef bourguignon. Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong Kayleigh Kulp December 19, 2014 I particularly recommend the turkey chili and beef bourguignon. A Declaration of Financial Independence Megan McArdle February 25, 2013 A taste of the […]