Adjective "beef" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The flesh of a cow, bull, or ox, used as food.
  1. as modifier 'beef cattle'
  2. 'She wraps her finger in a clean paper towel, checks her steak and turns off the flame beneath the beef and vegetable flavored soup she's preparing for Sarah.'
  3. 'Explain that it is your mission, as a host and a cook, to take their experience of roast beef to a new level.'
  4. 'Guests may enjoy a special meal of roast sirloin beef served with mashed potatoes and green vegetable.'
  5. 'Using a sharp knife, carve the beef into broad thin slices, holding the knife blade at a 45-degree angle to the top of the meat.'
  6. 'Although beef is still the meat most often consumed by adults in Quebec, consumption of red meat has decreased since 1971.'
  7. 'Cut small slits in your pork or beef roast before cooking and insert half cloves to season.'
  8. 'Tuck into steak, roast beef, venison and other red meat at least three times a week'
  9. 'Start the potatoes first, then make the green peppercorn sauce; keep it warm over low heat while you cook the beef.'
  10. 'I would bake muffins on the bus in the early morning and roast beef in the afternoon.'
  11. 'Main courses included roast beef, lamb and pork from the carvery, steak and kidney pie, poached chicken with mushroom and asparagus sauce and vegetable lasagne.'
  12. 'Driving across expanses of the West today, one might ask, ‘Where's the beef?’'
  13. 'Forage beef thus encompasses at least half of the potential market.'
  14. 'Finishing beef on grass presents a unique challenge to this re-emerging enterprise.'
Flesh with well-developed muscle.
  1. 'He's got a bit more beef on his bones now, but he's lost none of his cheerful, boyish looks.'
  2. 'Although this is typically a powerlifter's split, it is the quickest way to get some serious beef on your bones.'
  3. 'The tank size is OK, but you need more beef.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'But the service territories would not overlap, and since they're mainly looking toward bundled services where's the beef.'
  6. 'It may well be the sound of the suburbs, drawing on a cacophony of influences born out of a misspent youth, but to paraphrase that great 80s catchphrase, where's the beef?'
  7. 'That should cover around 15 minutes of gametime, but where is the beef?'
A complaint or grievance.
  1. 'As I write in the book, most people who write books or who are in television generally have some beef or some complaint they want to make.'
  2. 'And one of their major beefs with us is having a closed meeting!'
  3. 'I do not want beefs and gripes - I need genuine areas of difficulty which are causing work life imbalance.'
  4. 'Address beefs and concerns directly, not behind peoples’ backs.'
  5. 'My beef is the lack of communication that often fosters false expectations in patients, who then blame the local doctors when things turn out worse than they hoped.'
  6. 'Warrington, essentially, your beefs with these films are length and boredom.'
  7. 'One of my biggest beefs with the station is how little students get back from it in return for how much of the station's funding is received from the students.'
  8. 'I didn't think she had a beef against anyone else in our crowd - most of Dana's friends stayed away from the group - so that meant she was coming to bug me some more.'
  9. 'When they concluded that the truth lied somewhere in between what they were both told, the decision was to bring the two crews together to squash the beef.'
A criminal charge.
  1. 'He was framed for political reasons during the last election and was sent up for a 21 years on a homicide beef.'
  2. 'He had busted him on a robbery beef involving a cellular phone.'


  1. '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.'
  2. 'They beef about record-level deficits.'
  3. 'Because of that he still felt like beefing about something'

More definitions

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.

3. Informal. brawn; muscular strength. strength; power. weight, as of a person. human flesh.

4. Slang. a complaint. an argument or dispute. verb (used without object)

5. Slang. to complain; grumble. Verb phrases

6. beef up, to add strength, numbers, force, etc., to; strengthen: During the riots,

More examples(as adjective)

"prices can be beef."

"schemes can be beef."

"sirloins can be beef."

"futures can be beef."

"cattles can be beef."

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


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