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Pronunciation: (bēf), [key]
n., pl. beevesPronunciation: (bēvz) [key] for 2; beefs for 4,

1. the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.
2. an adult cow, steer, or bull raised for its meat.
3. Informal.
a. brawn; muscular strength.
b. strength; power.
c. weight, as of a person.
d. human flesh.
4. Slang.
a. a complaint.
b. an argument or dispute.

1. Slang.to complain; grumble.
2. beef up,
a. to add strength, numbers, force, etc., to; strengthen: During the riots, the nighttime patrol force was beefed up with volunteers.
b. to increase or add to: to beef up our fringe benefits.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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