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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: buef, from Latin bos 'ox'

beef

1 noun
     
beef1 S3
1 [uncountable]DF the meat from a cow:
roast beef
We have both dairy and beef cattle on the farm.
2 [countable] informal a complaint:
OK, so what's the beef this time?
3

where's the beef?

American English spoken used when you think someone's promises sound good, but you want to know what they actually plan to do
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