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beef

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Food
beefbeef1 /biːf/ ●●● S3 noun 🔊 🔊 1 [uncountable]DF the meat from a cow 🔊 roast beef 🔊 We have both dairy and beef cattle on the farm.2 [countable] informalCOMPLAIN a complaint 🔊 OK, so what’s the beef this time?3 where’s the beef? corned beef
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beefBut does that mean you don't need to worry about the risks of eating beef?In the land of the cowboy you might expect beef to be an unfailingly popular dish.Since 1975 the consumption of beef has decreased from 89 pounds per capita to 76. 5 pounds per capita.Good old rice mixed with chicken or beef.The prime beef is aged on the premises.If pastrami is too strong a flavour for your taste, then use roast beef or ham instead.In the meantime, the milk remains ideal for cheese-making and the breed's beef production is creditable for a dairy type.Toucans sit in cages and aluminum pots steam with hot food, stewed beef and chicken or sausage and potatoes.
beefbeef2 verb [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 informalCOMPLAIN to complain a lotbeef about 🔊 They’re always beefing about something. beef something ↔ up→ See Verb table
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beefCasino security officials said their forces were beefed by a third, but they had little trouble during the game.Admittedly, these were early days in the season, before the tough training schedule at Richmond had beefed up fitness levels.Everything has been beefed up, from the sound to the onstage visuals, now in dazzling Human League proportions.The program gives money to primarily low-income schools to beef up staff and resources for individualized instruction to disadvantaged children.They can beef up your status if you're a society hostess.beef aboutThey're always beefing about how much work I give them.
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Verb table
beef
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theybeef
he, she, itbeefs
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theybeefed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave beefed
he, she, ithas beefed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad beefed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill beef
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have beefed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam beefing
he, she, itis beefing
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you, we, theyare beefing
Past
I, he, she, itwas beefing
you, we, theywere beefing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been beefing
he, she, ithas been beefing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been beefing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be beefing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been beefing
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