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beef

noun uk   /biːf/ us  

beef noun (MEAT)

B1 [U] the flesh of cattle (= cows), eaten as food: The spaghetti sauce is made with minced ( US ground) beef. People in England often have roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for lunch on Sundays. He is a beef cattle farmer.
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beef noun (COMPLAINT)

[C] informal a complaint: My main beef about the job is that I have to work on Saturdays.

beef noun (FORCE)

[U] mainly UK informal strength, power, or force: He said that the newly published government report didn't have much beef in it. Push harder! Put some beef into it!

beef

verb [I] uk   /biːf/ informal us  
to complain: He was beefing about having to do the shopping.
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Translations of “beef”
in Korean 소고기…
in Arabic لَحْم البَقَر…
in French boeuf…
in Turkish sığır eti…
in Italian manzo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 肉, 牛肉…
in Russian говядина…
in Polish wołowina…
in Spanish carne de vaca…
in Portuguese carne de vaca/boi…
in German das Rindfleisch…
in Catalan carn de bou o vedella…
in Japanese 牛肉…
in Chinese (Simplified) 肉, 牛肉…
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