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"beef" in British English

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beefnoun

uk   /biːf/ us   /biːf/
  • 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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beefverb [I]

uk   /biːf/ us   /biːf/ informal
(Definition of beef from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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beefnoun

us   /bif/
  • beef noun (MEAT)

[U] the flesh of cattle eaten as meat: a roast beef sandwich
  • beef noun (COMPLAINT)

[C] slang a complaint: My beef is, how come I’m not making as much as you?

beefverb [I]

us   /bif/ slang
  • beef verb [I] (COMPLAIN)

to complain: Stop beefing about having to work late – you’re not the only one.
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(Definition of beef from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “beef”
in Korean 소고기…
in Arabic لَحْم البَقَر…
in Malaysian daging lembu…
in French boeuf…
in Russian говядина…
in Chinese (Traditional) 肉, 牛肉…
in Italian manzo…
in Turkish sığır eti…
in Polish wołowina…
in Spanish carne de vaca o ternera, carne de vaca…
in Vietnamese thịt bò…
in Portuguese carne de vaca/boi…
in Thai เนื้อวัว…
in German das Rindfleisch…
in Catalan carn de bou o vedella…
in Japanese 牛肉…
in Chinese (Simplified) 肉, 牛肉…
in Indonesian daging sapi…
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