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Definition of "beef" []

  • A full-grown steer, bull, ox, or cow, especially one intended for use as meat. (noun)
  • The flesh of a slaughtered full-grown steer, bull, ox, or cow. (noun)
  • Informal Human muscle; brawn. (noun)
  • Slang A complaint. (noun)
  • Slang To complain. (verb-intransitive)
  • The flesh of various bovine animals, esp the cow, when killed for eating (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An adult ox, bull, cow, etc, reared for its meat (noun)
  • Human flesh, esp when muscular (noun)
  • A complaint (noun)
  • To complain, esp repeatedly (verb)
  • To strengthen; reinforce (verb)

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Use "beef" in a sentence
  • "So the energy in beef is much, much higher than the other foods."
  • "My main beef is that over the last 20 years there has been no real discussion of police tactics and what is felt to be acceptable to the community."
  • "And even if the Feinstein beef is squashed, Panetta looked forward to "consulting closely with my former partners in Congress.""