Definition of beef in English:

beef

Syllabification: beef
Pronunciation: /bēf
 
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noun

  • 1The flesh of a cow, bull, or ox, used as food.
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    • 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.
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    • ‘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 bones
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    • 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?
    Synonyms
    muscle, brawn, bulk; strength, power
  • 1.3 informal Strength or power: he’s been brought in to give the team more beef
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    • 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.
  • 3US informal A criminal charge: a drunk-driving beef
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    • 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

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Phrasal verbs

beef something up

informal Give more substance or strength to something: cost-cutting measures are planned to beef up performance
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  • 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.
Synonyms
toughen up, strengthen, build up, reinforce, consolidate, augment, improve

Origin

Middle English: from Old French boef, from Latin bos, bov- 'ox'.

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