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beef up

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.
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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.
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beef up

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]
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beef up

v.
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.
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Both Rockefeller and the Clinton administration have been pushing to beef up funding for the National Health Service Corps, a program that offers scholarships to medical school students, physicians, assistants, and nurse practitioners who agree to practice in medically-underserved (mostly rural and inner city) areas.
Be sure to beef up yours by detailing the strength of your management team.
The party did not fail to highlight the necessity to beef up preventive measures in coordination with the security and military apparatuses to repress any suspicious movements or rings before they execute their schemes.
For $30, you can beef up your Nintendo 64 with an Expansion Pak, which doubles the machine's memory to 8 megabytes.
If they closed down Kings Point and there weren't enough trained officers for the maritime industry, the shipping companies would, arguably, have to beef up their own training programs.
A seared red mullet fillet has a crab cake and tomato salsa dressing (an a la carte starter); fillets of trout are served with roast spiced scallop and spring onion saffron risotto while fillet of beef ups the appeal to the tastebuds with straw potatoes, fine beans and tomato confit and a red wine jus (both alc mains).