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  Dictionary Definition of beef

beef
noun
1. the flesh of an animal of the genus Bos, used for food.
2. ( plural beeves ) a bull, cow, or steer, especially if intended for meat.
3. Colloquial brawn; muscular strength.
4. Colloquial weight, as of human flesh: significant numbers are overweight if not positively obese: 'beef to the ankles'. -- NANCY KEESING, 1982.
5. ( plural beefs ) Chiefly US Colloquial a complaint.
-- verb (i)
6. Chiefly US Colloquial to complain; grumble.
-- phrase
7. beef up, Colloquial to strengthen; make more worthy of attention or interest as by increasing the volume, length, dramatic interest: The big romance and shock story-lines are the latest in moves to beef up the show -- and its ratings. -- HERALD, 1990.
[ME, from OF boef, from L bos ox]
-- beefless, adjective