Definition of beef in English:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.
We often find that after the Norman Conquest people used French words for an animal's meat and the English word for the animal itself. Beef is from French, and cow and ox are native English words, whereas bull was adopted from Scandinavian. Beef, meaning ‘a complaint’ or ‘to complain’, was originally American, from the mid 19th century. The first person to write of the kind of beef possessed by a muscular man was American writer Herman Melville ( 1819–91), author of Moby-Dick. The British are so well known for eating beef that a French insult for an Englishman is un rosbif (‘a roast beef’). In English too, beefeater (early 17th century) was originally a term of contempt for a well-fed domestic servant. Now a Beefeater is a Yeoman Warder or Yeoman of the Guard at the Tower of London, a nickname first used in 1671.
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.
Words that rhyme with beefaperitif, belief, brief, chief, enfeoff, fief, grief, interleaf, leaf, Leif, lief, Mazar-e-Sharif, misbelief, motif, naif, O'Keeffe, reef, seif, Sharif, sheaf, shereef, sportif, Tenerife, thief
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