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beefnoun

uk   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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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!

beefverb [I]

uk   us   /biːf/ informal
to complain: He was beefing about having to do the shopping.
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Translations of “beef”
in Arabic لَحْم البَقَر…
in Korean 소고기…
in Malaysian daging lembu…
in French boeuf…
in Turkish sığır eti…
in Italian manzo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 肉, 牛肉…
in Russian говядина…
in Polish wołowina…
in Vietnamese thịt bò…
in Spanish carne de vaca…
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 Indonesian daging sapi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 肉, 牛肉…
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