Definition of Beef up

1. Verb. Make strong or stronger. "Strengthen the relations between the two countries"




Definition of Beef up

1. Verb. (idiomatic) to strengthen or reinforce; to add substance to ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Beef Up

beef patty
beef plant
beef rib
beef ribs
beef roast
beef stew
beef stock
beef tallow
beef tapeworm
beef tea
beef tenderloin
beef to the hoof
beef tomato
beef tongue
beef trust
beef up (current term)
beefalo
beefaloes
beefalos
beefaroni
beefburger
beefburgers
beefcake
beefcakes
beefeater
beefeaters
beefed
beefed-up
beefed out

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. ..."

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