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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.

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 noun (COMPLAINT)

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

beef

verb [I] uk   /biːf/ informal us  
to complain: He was beefing about having to do the shopping.
Phrasal verbs
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