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beef to (the) heel
Chubby or fat, especially in the legs. Usually said of women, it comes from the longer phrase "beef to the heel like a Mullingar heifer," referring to cattle bred in Mullingar, a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. Primarily heard in Ireland. I think I need to go on a diet, I've gotten beef to the heel since my pregnancy. I don't know what's wrong with other men, I like a woman who's a bit beef to heel.
beef to (the) heel like a Mullingar heifer
Chubby or fat, especially in the legs. Usually said of women, it refers to cattle bred in Mullingar, a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. Primarily heard in Ireland. I think I need to go on a diet, I've gotten beef to the heel like a Mullingar heifer since my pregnancy. I don't know what's wrong with other men, I like a woman who's beef to heel like a Mullingar heifer.
A man displayed or photographed for having an attractive, muscular physique, or one who has these qualities in general. I always buy the fire station's charity calendar because I love looking at the beefcakes in their firefighter outfits.
1. Portrayed as being exaggeratedly muscular, as of a person (typically male) or an image thereof. The guys in these advertisements are so beefed out that it just looks unrealistic.
2. Strengthened, updated, or improved upon in a robust way. Jenny spends a lot of time and money getting her old Ford Mustang all beefed out.
what's (someone's) beef (with someone or something)
What's wrong with someone? Why is someone upset? What is someone's problem? Wow, what's Cheryl's beef today? She's been really snippy with me all day. I'll tell you what my beef with you is: I'm really annoyed that you would leave all these dishes for me to clean up, instead of just doing them yourself! What's your beef with this project? You've had some issue with it from day one.
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beef to the hoof
Chubby or fat, especially in the legs. Usually said of women, it comes from the longer phrase "beef to the heel like a Mullingar heifer," referring to cattle bred in Mullingar, a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. Primarily heard in Ireland. I think I need to go on a diet, I've gotten beef to the hoof like a Mullingar heifer since my pregnancy. I don't know what's wrong with other men, I like a woman who's beef to hoof.
1. noun A source of disagreement; a feud. What is her beef with me? I'm always nice to her! The beef between the two rappers escalated with the latest diss track.
2. noun A charge against someone. I'm fine with you working late, but you didn't call and let me know in advance. That's the beef here! The beef is that you were seen robbing an old lady in the park.
3. noun A strapping, muscular man. I got some of the beefs in facilities to help me move that furniture out of my office.
4. noun An episode of flatulence. His beef had us all scrambling to open a window!
5. verb To pass gas. Open a window—somebody beefed in here!
6. verb To complain. Of course Marjorie is beefing about how I left dishes out in the kitchen—she's not happy unless everything is perfectly put away.
To increase something, often in strength. With all these protestors here, we definitely need to beef up security. My boyfriend has been going to the gym every day for months in hopes of beefing up his frame. We need to beef up our services in order to rival our competitors' more comprehensive offerings.
have a beef with (someone or something)
To disagree with someone or something. Why does she have a beef with me? I'm always nice to her! Dad has a real beef with the phone company because they keep raising their rates.
beef about someone or something
Sl. to complain about someone or something. Stop beefing about Karen. He is always beefing about his working conditions.
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beef something up
to add strength or substance to something. Let's beef this music up with a little more on the drums. They beefed up the offer with another thousand dollars.
Where's the beef?
Inf. Where is the substance?; Where is the important content? That's really clever and appealing, but where's the beef? Where's the beef? There's no substance in this proposal.
Strengthen, reinforce, as in Mary wants us to beef up her part in the play. This phrase relies on an older slang sense of beef as "muscles" or "power." [Colloquial; late 1800s]
where's the beef?
1. Also, what's the beef? What is the source of a complaint, as in Where's the beef? No one was hurt in the accident. This usage employs beef in the sense of a "complaint" or "grudge," also appearing in the phrase have no beef with, meaning "have no quarrel with." [Slang; late 1800s]
2. Where is the content or substance, as in That was a very articulate speech, but where's the beef? This usage was originally the slogan for a television commercial for a hamburger chain attacking the poor quality of rival chains. (1984) The phrase was almost immediately transferred to other kinds of substance, especially in politics.
where's the beef?used to complain that something is too insubstantial. informal
1. To cause someone or something to become bigger, stronger, or bulkier: You should beef up your travel report with more descriptions of what you saw. The soup tastes good, but we could beef it up by adding some spices.
2. To become bigger, stronger, or bulkier: The actor beefed up over a couple of months so that he could play the part of a boxer.
1. n. a complaint; a quarrel. I gotta beef against you.
2. n. a criminal charge or complaint. The beef is that you appear to have left the bank Monday with about seventy-five grand that isn’t yours. That’s the beef!
3. n. a large and muscular male. Let’s get one of those beefs in here to help.
4. in. to complain. What’s he beefing about now?
5. in. to break wind; to release intestinal gas audibly. (Usually objectionable.) Willy warned everybody that he was going to beef.
6. n. an act of breaking wind. (Usually objectionable.) All right! Who’s beef was that?
7. in. to crack up and get injured as in a skateboard accident. Chuck beefed and wrecked his elbow.
beef about someone/something
in. to complain about someone or something. He is always beefing about his working conditions.
beef something up
tv. to add strength or substance to something. They beefed up the offer with another thousand dollars.
1. n. a display of the male physique. (see also cheesecake.) There was one calendar showing beefcake rather than the usual cheesecake.
2. n. a muscularly handsome male. She’s been going out with a real beefcake.
n. an oaf; a meathead. Look you beef-head, lay off!
n. audible releases of intestinal gas through the anus. (Rhyming slang for farts. Usually objectionable.) No more of these beef-hearts!
bogus beefand bum beef
n. a false complaint or charge. (see also beef.) The cops took them in on a bogus beef. It’s a bogus beef. I’ll be back on the street in twenty minutes.
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