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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 something

also beef something up
to make something stronger or more effective The city is beefing up police patrols, putting more cops on the street where they can be seen.
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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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Be sure to beef up yours by detailing the strength of your management team.
For $30, you can beef up your Nintendo 64 with an Expansion Pak, which doubles the machine's memory to 8 megabytes.
These are a great way to inexpensively beef up your collection with excellent titles such as N64's GoldenEye 007 and the PlayStation's first two Crash Bandicoot games.
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).