Definition of Beef up
1. Verb. Make strong or stronger. "Strengthen the relations between the two countries"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Vitalise, Vitalize, Ruggedise, Ruggedize, Substantiate, Restrengthen, Brace Up, Undergird, Confirm, Reenforce, Reinforce, Buttress, Brace, Stabilise, Stabilize, Steady, Batten, Batten, Batten Down, Secure
Derivative terms: Fortification, Fortification, Strengthener, Strengthening
Definition of Beef up
1. Verb. (idiomatic) to strengthen or reinforce; to add substance to ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Beef up
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1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"more men on; (common), " beef up! " or " put your beef to it! " An ejaculation meant as a request to use one's strength, to use one's muscles to good ..."
2. The Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary; Or, The Accomplish'd Housewifes ...by cook John Nott, John Nott by cook John Nott, John Nott (1723)
"When you are ready to ferve it up, put in an haih'd Anchovie, and a few Capers. Take the beef up, and drain it very well, when it is drain'd put it into a ..."
3. Mrs. Putnam's Receipt Book: And Young Housekeeper's Assistant by Elizabeth H. Putnam (1869)
"... pepper, and saltpetre; roll the beef up tight, and tie it. To thirty pounds of beef allow a cup of salt, a cup of spice (the spice is not to be ground), ..."
4. The English Art of Cookery, According to the Present Practice: Being a by Richard Briggs (1788)
"... and boil them, but not too much ; put them into a quart of good brown cullis, and give them a boil up a few minutes; take the beef up, and take out all ..."
5. Jennie June's American Cookery Book: Containing Upwards of Twelve Hundred by Jane Cunningham Croly (1866)
"... flow the cloth; pin the beef up very tight in it; boil it five or six hours. When it is done take the cloth off, and press it until it is cold. ..."