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Meaning of beef

beef

Pronunciation: (bēf), [key]
— n., pl. v. beeves beefs
—n.
  1. the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.
  2. an adult cow, steer, or bull raised for its meat.
    1. brawn; muscular strength.
    2. strength; power.
    3. weight, as of a person.
    4. human flesh.
    1. a complaint.
    2. an argument or dispute.
—v.i.
  1. to complain; grumble.
  2. During the riots, the nighttime patrol force was beefed up with volunteers.
    1. to add strength, numbers, force, etc., to; strengthen:During the riots, the nighttime patrol force was beefed up with volunteers.
    2. to increase or add to:to beef up our fringe benefits.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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