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Definition of “beef” - English Dictionary

"beef" in American English

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beefnoun

 us   /bif/
  • beef noun (MEAT)

[U] the ​flesh of ​cattleeaten 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.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of beef from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"beef" in British English

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beefnoun

uk   us   /biːf/
  • beef noun (MEAT)

B1 [U] the ​flesh of cattle (= ​cows), ​eaten as ​food: The ​spaghettisauce 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 cattlefarmer.

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beefverb [I]

uk   us   /biːf/ informal
(Definition of beef from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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…
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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