1 [uncountable and countable]DFTA
the flesh of animals and birds eaten as food:
I gave up eating meat a few months ago.
a meat pie
a selection of cold meats
red meat (=a dark-coloured meat such as beef)
white meat (=meat that is pale in colour, for example chicken)
something interesting or important in a talk, book, film etc:
There's no meat to their arguments.
We then got down to the real meat of the debate (=the main and most interesting part of it).
3 British English American English informal
used to say that someone looks very thin
used to say that something that one person likes may not be liked by someone else
5 British English informal
if someone is easy meat, they are easy to defeat, deceive, or hurt
be easy meat for
San Marino should be easy meat for England in next week's match.
6 American English informal
the most important or basic parts of a discussion, decision, piece of work etc:
Let's get down to the meat and potatoes. How much are you going to pay me for this?
7 British English
to be something that someone enjoys doing or finds very easy to do because they have done it many times before:
The first five questions in the quiz were about football, which was meat and drink to Brian.