- 1The flesh of a cow, bull, or ox, used as food.More example sentences
- Tuck into steak, roast beef, venison and other red meat at least three times a week
- I have to say that the roast rib eye of beef in wholemeal bread was superb.
- Visitors can barbecue food ranging from beef, pork to potato and fish.
- 1.1 (plural beeves /bēvz/) Farming A cow, bull, or ox fattened for its meat.More example sentences
- ‘Get in those saddles and let's get these beeves movin’!’
- Forage beef thus encompasses at least half of the potential market.
- We have a neighbor who raises grass fed beef and pastured poultry.
- 1.2 • informal Flesh or muscle, typically when well developed: he needs a little more beef on his bonesMore example sentences
- Although this is typically a powerlifter's split, it is the quickest way to get some serious beef on your bones.
- He's got a bit more beef on his bones now, but he's lost none of his cheerful, boyish looks.
- Geez, how about a Superman with some beef on his bones?
- 1.3 • informal Strength or power: he’s been brought in to give the team more beefMore example sentences
- We definitely need more beef up front.
- The tank size is OK, but you need more beef.
- Yes, I know their defense looked good most of the season and Simon was good addition, I just feel they still need more beef up the middle and Wright is, I think, an active playmaker who can stuff the run.
- 2 (plural beefs) • informal A complaint or grievance: he has a beef with American education: it doesn’t teach the basics of investingMore example sentences
- Here's another one of my beefs with judges - and this is the complaint that lawyers oftentimes get - that we file frivolous lawsuits.
- I do not want beefs and gripes - I need genuine areas of difficulty which are causing work life imbalance.
- They began taking their beefs to the media.
- 3US • informal A criminal charge: a drunk-driving beefMore example sentences
- After checking police reports and court documents, the website said that if anything, he may have spent a day or so in jail for a drunk driving beef.
- He was framed for political reasons during the last election and was sent up for a 21 years on a homicide beef.
- He had busted him on a robbery beef involving a cellular phone.
verb[no object] • informal Back to top
- Complain: he was beefing about how the recession was killing the businessMore example sentences
- Because of that he still felt like beefing about something
- As I tell my students when they beef about my tests: Life isn't multiple choice, True-False or an Essay question; more often than not it's short answer--and your grade is based on your understanding of the context of the question.
- They beef about record-level deficits.
beef something up
- • informal Give more substance or strength to something: cost-cutting measures are planned to beef up performanceMore example sentences
- So those penalties will be beefed up substantially.
- These checkpoints were beefed up following a number of casualties, wounds and death to U.S. forces.
- So far protests from campaigners have been muted, but security around the base has been beefed up with additional police patrols.
Middle English: from Old French boef, from Latin bos, bov- 'ox'.