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.
But the best dish was a beefs head cooked by friend Minter in Texas fashion.
The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2) Hazard Stevens
Fillet of beefs: Cut across diagonally, beginning at thick end.
How to Prepare and Serve a Meal and Interior Decoration Lillian B. Lansdown
Well, I shall never forget the numerous “beefs” he made while posing as an “experienced farm hand.”
Wanderlust Robert R. (Robert Rice) Reynolds
Away and ever away to the south, for the hated “beefs” were after them, coming down relentlessly from the north.
Sketches of the East Africa Campaign Robert Valentine Dolbey
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
- Beefsteak fungus
an edible bracket fungus, Fistulina hepatica, that grows on trees and can rot the heartwood of living oaks and chestnuts. noun an edible reddish bracket fungus, Fistulina hepatica, that grows esp on oak trees and oozes a bloodlike juice
- Beefsteak plant
noun an Asian plant, Perilla frutescens crispa, with aromatic red or green leaves which are used in cooking: family Lamiaceae Also called shiso, Japanese basil
- Beehive house
noun a prehistoric circular building found in various parts of Europe, usually of stone and having a dome-shaped roof Historical Examples The beehive house is a large old-fashioned mansion with the kind of pillared front so often seen in the architecture of the South. Abroad at Home Julian Street
the chief devil; Satan. a devil. (in Milton’s Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan. Historical Examples So Beelzebub taks t’ slates and looks at ’em, an’ then he scrats his heead an’ he says: ‘I can’t help it, your Majesty. Tales of the Ridings F. W. Moorman Keep your love […]