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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
beef cows (=kept for their meat)
▪ They are a well-known breed of beef cow.
beef tea
chicken/beef/vegetable etc curry
▪ I think I’ll have a chicken curry.
corned beef hash
corned beef hash
corned beef
dairy/beef cattle
ground beef
▪ Millions of acres of tropical forest have been cleared in the pursuit of cheaper beef for hamburgers.
▪ Lunch Half of the 8-oz. tin of shoulder ham or corned beef left over from Monday.
▪ His aunt sent him a box of molasses cookies, and I sent him two corned beefs on rye.
▪ Nothing to eat but instant mashed potato, pickles and maybe corned beef if you are lucky.
▪ I do canned corned beef hash too.
▪ The corned beef that we are familiar with is a cured beef which is then boiled and pressed before being canned.
▪ Deli-type sandwiches with corned or roast beef, turkey or ham are also an option.
▪ The tins of sardines, salmon and corned beef he pushed to one end of it.
▪ Do you want me to heat up some corned beef?
▪ Steers and heifers make good beef and the conformation could be described as a dairy type with extra flesh.
▪ Makes 6 to 8 servings. Good with beef or ham.
▪ In recent years, farmers have tried to adapt their product to a supposed demand for leaner beef.
▪ Moreover, lean grass-fed beef has not caught on as farmers hoped.
▪ The traditional filling is a spicy mixture of minced lamb or beef, tomato and onion.
▪ Curry Bakes - curry sauce with minced beef, sultanas, coconut and diced bananas.
▪ Cook the minced beef in a saucepan over a high heat until browned.
▪ The calves grow quickly and can be taken to substantial weights without becoming too fat, providing prime beef.
▪ Very little of Prime beef reaches the supermarket; this quality is purchased by the restaurant trade.
▪ Early maturing, prime marbled beef.
▪ Past his prime and carrying too much prime rib of beef, Witherspoon was still far too much for Cole.
▪ The prime beef is aged on the premises.
▪ Down with Roast beef and two veg!
▪ Deli-type sandwiches with corned or roast beef, turkey or ham are also an option.
▪ I was hungry for the security of routine and revelled in roast beef Sundays and meat-pie Mondays.
▪ She kept feeding Hansel huge portions of roast beef and potatoes to make him fat and juicy.
▪ We had tomato soup for dinner, followed by roast beef and sago pudding, served airline-style on a tray.
▪ He had roast beef and sticky toffee pudding.
▪ Is anyone honestly dying for more roast beef sandwiches?
▪ It is clear that it is still campaigning to have licensed growth promotions reinstated for beef cattle.
▪ Barley straw is soft and palatable, and is widely used as bulk feed for beef cattle.
▪ Some farmers have beef cattle, some for breeding purposes or for showing purposes.
▪ He also runs beef cattle and 320 cross ewes.
▪ Livestock, in the form of beef cattle and sheep, accounted for about 90% of the income.
▪ Grass was the main crop with sheep, dairy and beef cattle providing the animal enterprises which utilised the grass.
▪ The Western world provides a willing market for forest products, particularly hardwoods and beef cattle.
▪ We're getting food like corn beef milk and flour and dividing into packages and taking into inaccessible places.
▪ The value of beef exports in 1995 was $ 3. 1 billion.
▪ I do canned corned beef hash too.
▪ The Rose Room still serves made-from-scratch corned beef hash and every member of the staff is still consummately professional.
▪ My favorite was corned beef hash.
▪ Ted cranked open a can of Bonnie Hubbard beef hash.
▪ The beef industry has been in the doldrums ever since consumers began to turn away from eating red meat.
▪ The beef industry employs 80,000 people.
▪ Such a huge number of tiny producers has prevented the beef industry from reaping economies of scale.
▪ He said the panel reported the risk from eating beef or beef products was likely to be extremely small.
▪ The human disease occurred after people ate tainted beef products.
▪ In the meantime, the milk remains ideal for cheese-making and the breed's beef production is creditable for a dairy type.
▪ Its rectangular frame is well suited to beef production.
▪ Mr. Curry I agree with my hon. Friend that beef production is particularly important in the less-favoured areas.
▪ The dairy-type conformation does not lend itself readily to beef production and though steers will fatten they grow rather slowly.
▪ He slipped from the room and purchased a beef sandwich from the barman upstairs.
▪ Either that or an open-faced roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and peas.
▪ Henry's punishment was a cold beef sandwich and two slices of cake.
▪ Is anyone honestly dying for more roast beef sandwiches?
▪ In the store cupboard, he found a can of beef stew and dumped it in a saucepan to heat.
▪ Thankfully, the world of stews does not begin and end with the rather simplistic beef stew of yesteryear.
▪ The maid served dinner: beef stew pie, the pastry crisp and golden.
▪ Steven opened the newspaper with one hand while he tucked into the beef stew with the other.
▪ I was going to tell her about proper beef stock, but the girl has to walk before she can run.
▪ Add the sweetcorn, beef stock and herbs and bring to the boil.
▪ At ten o'clock she gave him beef tea and brandy.
▪ She would send over beef tea and other delicacies to try and cheer them up.
▪ Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and add the beef.
▪ Hamburger is chopped fresh and / or frozen beef with or without added beef fat as such and / or seasoning.
▪ Drain off fat and add onions to simmering beef.
Add carrots and saute 1 minute. Add beef and mushrooms and saute about 4 minutes.
▪ Human waste fed to cattle could perpetuate these parasites, some of which are picked up by humans from poorly cooked beef.
▪ But this decision irritated me so much that I almost started eating beef again in protest.
▪ He said the panel reported the risk from eating beef or beef products was likely to be extremely small.
▪ Second, is there still a risk from eating beef?
▪ However, there is no scientific proof that the disease can be spread by eating contaminated beef.
▪ One old lady seems to eat only roast beef.
▪ Charlie wants to start a campaign to get people to eat grass-fed beef as a health food.
▪ The human disease occurred after people ate tainted beef products.
▪ It was here that they were forced to eat beef thereby becoming instantly de-Hinduized.
▪ Chopped shellfish and shrimp are recommended for feeding when beef is consistently refused.
▪ Cook ground beef, and drain off fat.
▪ Smokies are made of coarsely ground beef and pork; they are similar to frankfurters but are more heavily smoked.
▪ Season to taste, then serve over the sliced beef.
▪ Where else can you go in your sweats and be served orange-flavored beef by waiters in black tie?
▪ Julia was unsure whether it was the moment to serve the beef or not but she did so none the less.
▪ Black beans are used extensively in Cantonese cookery and are usually served with fish or beef.
a side of beef/bacon etc
▪ I thought you meant I looked like a side of beef.
▪ The yield of a side Of beef in these cuts is approximately 26 percent.
▪ But does that mean you don't need to worry about the risks of eating beef?
▪ Good old rice mixed with chicken or beef.
▪ If pastrami is too strong a flavour for your taste, then use roast beef or ham instead.
▪ In the land of the cowboy you might expect beef to be an unfailingly popular dish.
▪ In the meantime, the milk remains ideal for cheese-making and the breed's beef production is creditable for a dairy type.
▪ Since 1975 the consumption of beef has decreased from 89 pounds per capita to 76. 5 pounds per capita.
▪ The prime beef is aged on the premises.
▪ Toucans sit in cages and aluminum pots steam with hot food, stewed beef and chicken or sausage and potatoes.
▪ Admittedly, these were early days in the season, before the tough training schedule at Richmond had beefed up fitness levels.
▪ Casino security officials said their forces were beefed by a third, but they had little trouble during the game.
▪ 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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Beef \Beef\ (b[=e]f), a. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, beef.

Beef tea, essence of beef, or strong beef broth.


Beef \Beef\ (b[=e]f), n. [OE. boef, befe, beef, OF. boef, buef, F. b[oe]ef, fr. L. bos, bovis, ox; akin to Gr. boy^s, Skr. g[=o] cow, and E. cow. See 2d Cow.]

  1. An animal of the genus Bos, especially the common species, Bos taurus, including the bull, cow, and ox, in their full grown state; esp., an ox or cow fattened for food.

    Note: [In this, which is the original sense, the word has a plural, beeves (b[=e]vz).]

    A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine.

  2. The flesh of an ox, or cow, or of any adult bovine animal, when slaughtered for food.

    Note: [In this sense, the word has no plural.] ``Great meals of beef.''

  3. Applied colloquially to human flesh.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French buef "ox; beef; ox hide" (11c., Modern French boeuf), from Latin bovem (nominative bos, genitive bovis) "ox, cow," from PIE root *gwou- "cow, ox, bull" (see cow (n.)). Original plural was beeves.


"to complain," slang, 1888, American English, from noun meaning "complaint" (1880s). The noun meaning "argument" is recorded from 1930s. The origin and signification are unclear; perhaps it traces to the common late 19c. complaint of U.S. soldiers about the quantity or quality of beef rations.

  1. 1 Being a bovine animal that is being raised for its meat. 2 produce or known for raise lots of #Noun. 3 consist of or containing #Noun as an ingredient. n. 1 (context uncountable English) The meat from a cow, bull or other bovines. 2 # (context in the meat industry on product packaging English) The edible portions of a cow (including those which are not meat). 3 (context uncountable English) bovine animals. 4 (context archaic countable plural: beeves English) A single bovine (cow or bull) being raised for its meat. 5 (context slang countable or uncountable plural: beefs English) a grudge (+ ''with'') 6 (context slang uncountable English) muscle, size, strength 7 (context slang uncountable English) essence, content v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To complain. 2 (context transitive English) To add weight or strength to, usually as beef up. 3 (context intransitive slang English) To fart. 4 (context intransitive slang English) To feud. 5 (context intransitive chiefly Yorkshire English) To cry

  1. n. cattle that are reared for their meat [syn: beef cattle]

  2. meat from an adult domestic bovine [syn: boeuf]

  3. informal terms for objecting; "I have a gripe about the service here" [syn: gripe, kick, bitch, squawk]

  4. [also: beeves (pl)]

  1. v. complain; "What was he hollering about?" [syn: gripe, grouse, crab, squawk, bellyache, holler]

  2. [also: beeves (pl)]

Beef (disambiguation)

· Beef is the meat from cattle.

Beef may also refer to:

  • Beef (film), a 2003 documentary film about hip hop feuds, also called beefs
  • Beef (comics), a character in the Marvel universe
  • Beef (band), a Dutch reggae fusion band
  • Beef (Nitro Girl), a stage name of professional wrestler Rhonda Sing with the Nitro Girls
  • Beef Creek, a stream in South Dakota
  • British Energy Efficiency Federation
  • Big Explosives Experimental Facility
  • "Beef", an episode of The Protector
  • "Beef", a song by Royce da 5'9" from Death Is Certain
  • Andrew Johnston (golfer), nicknamed "Beef", English golfer
Beef (comics)

Beef (Buford Wilson) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as a mutant from the Hellions group created as the antithesis to the X-Men's junior team of mutants, the New Mutants.

Beef (band)

Beef is a Dutch band, formed out of an underground radio show called "The Chop Shop" in 1999. While generally classified as reggae, their music is actually a combination of many different styles.

Beef (rapper)

Clifton Grefe (born October 12, 1989), better known by his stage name Beef or Beefy, is an American rapper, record producer and journalist from Madison, Wisconsin.


Beef is the culinary name for meat from cattle. Beef can be harvested from bulls, heifers or steers. Its acceptability as a food source varies in different parts of the world.

Beef muscle meat can be cut into roasts, short ribs or steak ( filet mignon, sirloin steak, rump steak, rib steak, rib eye steak, hanger steak, etc.) Some cuts are processed ( corned beef or beef jerky), and trimmings, usually mixed with meat from older, leaner cattle, are ground, minced or used in sausages. The blood is used in some varieties of blood sausage. Other parts that are eaten include the oxtail, liver, tongue, tripe from the reticulum or rumen, glands (particularly the pancreas and thymus, referred to as sweetbread), the heart, the brain (although forbidden where there is a danger of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE), the kidneys, and the tender testicles of the bull (known in the United States as calf fries, prairie oysters, or Rocky Mountain oysters). Some intestines are cooked and eaten as-is, but are more often cleaned and used as natural sausage casings. The bones are used for making beef stock.

Beef from steers and heifers is very similar. According to the most recent National Beef Quality Audit, heifer carcasses had slightly more marbling than steer carcasses, but USDA quality grade was not significantly different. Depending on economics, the number of heifers kept for breeding varies. The meat from older bulls is usually tougher, so it is frequently used for mince (known as ground beef in the United States). Cattle raised for beef may be allowed to roam free on grasslands, or may be confined at some stage in pens as part of a large feeding operation called a feedlot (or concentrated animal feeding operation), where they are usually fed a ration of grain, protein, roughage and a vitamin/mineral preblend.

Beef is the third most widely consumed meat in the world, accounting for about 25% of meat production worldwide, after pork and poultry at 38% and 30% respectively. In absolute numbers, the United States, Brazil, and the People's Republic of China are the world's three largest consumers of beef; however, Uruguay has the highest beef and veal consumption per capita, followed by Argentina and Brazil. According to the data from OECD, the average Uruguayan ate over of beef or veal in 2014, representing the highest beef/veal consumption per capita in the world. In comparison, the average American consumed only about beef or veal in the same year, while African countries, such as Mozambique, Ghana, and Nigeria, consumed the least beef or veal per capita.

In 2014, the world's largest exporters of beef were Brazil, Australia and the United States, respectively. Beef production is also important to the economies of Uruguay, Canada, Paraguay, Mexico, Argentina, Belarus and Nicaragua.

Beef (film)

Beef is a 2003 American film documenting the history of hip-hop feuds. The film's producers were Peter Spirer, Casey Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly and the executive producer was Quincy Jones III (QD3). It was written by Peter Alton and Peter Spirer (who also directed), and was narrated by actor Ving Rhames.

This film takes a chronological look at battles (some friendly, but many personal) dating back to rap music's infancy in the early 1980s. The notable rivalries discussed include KRS-One vs. MC Shan, Kool Moe Dee vs. Busy Bee, 50 Cent vs. Murder Inc Records, Tru Life vs. Mobb Deep, Common vs. Ice Cube & Westside Connection, the break-up of legendary group N.W.A, which includes Ice Cube's abrupt departure, and the later animosity between Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, the highly publicized Jay-Z vs. Nas rivalry and the most infamous feud of them all, 2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G.. It was partly born out of producer Jones's belief that "Beefs are killing hip-hop".

Many prominent hip-hop personalities such as Russell Simmons, Snoop Dogg, Kool Moe Dee, Jay-Z, KRS-One, Mack 10, DMX, and Ice-T also participate in the film through interviews (some done for the film, as well as archived interviews from other sources, such as MTV and BET clips). Beef also features newly released performances by many musical artists.

Subsequent releases in this series include Beef II (released 2004, also produced by Suchan and Hennelly, and narrated by actor Keith David), Beef 3 (released in 2005, narrated by DJ Kay Slay), and a BET series titled Beef: The Series, which premiered in 2006. These sequels are a continuation of the original film, but cover lesser-known confrontations and developing beefs just prior to the release of each respective film. They include LL Cool J vs. Canibus, Ja Rule vs. DMX, 50 Cent vs. The Game, Lil' Flip vs. T.I., Nelly vs. Chingy, and Erick Sermon vs. EPMD partner Parrish Smith. In 2011, Spirer speculated on the possibility of a new film, suggesting he was a little tired of the "he said/she said" drama but he might produce further specials in future.

Beef also features never-before seen performances by many of the film's participants and many others, plus extended portions of interviews that did not make the final cut of the film. One portion of the extended interviews features part of an interview with Nate Dogg talking about an incident that occurred around 1995 at a Dogg Pound video shoot, in which entourage members representing Ruthless Records showed up and started a big brawl with members of then-rival Death Row Records. Although Nate Dogg did not mention them by name (he however subtlety mentioned the duo's less-than-successful 1995 album Real Brothaz), rappers B.G. Knocc Out and Dresta (who participated in Eazy-E's hit diss recording, Real Muthaphuckkin G's) were among the alleged participants in the fight.

Usage examples of "beef".

It was a little amusing to me that I could speak with some authority to skilled and experienced agriculturists, who felt our rivalry at Mark lane, but who did not dream that with the third great move of Australia towards the markets of the world through cold storage we could send beef, mutton, lamb, poultry, eggs, and all kinds of fruit to the consumers of Europe, and especially of England and its metropolis.

True andouille is stuffed into the beef middle casing which makes the sausage approximately one and a half inches in diameter.

The supper was a stew of beans, rice and salt beef, and it was at the end of the small meal, when they were sharing a canteen of arrack, that Sergeant Hakeswill appeared.

In an emergency, aspic may be made from the prepared extracts of beef, or from bouillon capsules.

Which had been a pointless order, when a score of undressed bibb is were hobbling down the highway with silver bells tied to their wrists and even the officers were staring at them like starving men seeing a plate of roast beef.

Rice, Currants, Sugar, Prunes, Cynamon, Ginger, Pepper, Cloves, Green Ginger, Oil, Butter, Holland cheese or old Cheese, Wine-Vinegar, Canarie-Sack, Aqua-vitae, the best Wines, the best Waters, the juyce of Limons for the scurvy, white Bisket, Oatmeal, Gammons of Bacons, dried Neats tongues, Beef packed up in Vineger, Legs of Mutton minced and stewed, and close packed up, with tried Sewet or Butter in earthen Pots.

Wines, the best Waters, the juyce of Limons for the scurvy, white Bisket, Oatmeal, Gammons of Bacons, dried Neats tongues, Beef packed up in Vineger, Legs of Mutton minced and stewed, and close packed up, with tried Sewet or Butter in earthen Pots.

As soon as he was seated, a waiter brought several trays of zakuski, Russian appetizers: pickled beef tongue with horseradish sauce, red and black caviar and blini, mushrooms in aspic, pickled vegetables, herring.

That blubber is something of the consistence of firm, close-grained beef, but tougher, more elastic and compact, and ranges from eight or ten to twelve and fifteen inches in thickness.

They called the stuff boucan, which was really the French word for cured beef.

Starbuck contracted with hundreds of small, under-financed ranches to supply beef for the burgeoning markets in America and Europe, and a certain percentage of failures and bankruptcies were expected.

They had brought old sail canvas from the carack and made shelters along the strand, where beef was still roasting and the ale granted them by their captain was doled out sparingly.

I want bread and cheese, an omelette, a couple of beef cutlets, and a drink of Chian wine at once!

Carrying a fivegallon can of drinking water and three cans of corned beef and mixed vegetables I climbed again to the ridge where Chubby waited.

The Horse Radish of our gardens is a cultivated cruciferous plant of which the fresh root is eaten, when scraped, as a condiment to correct the richness of our national roast beef.