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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.
See also: beef, 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.
See also: beef, heel, like

beefcake

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.

beefed out

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.
See also: beef, 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.
See also: beef, hoof

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.
See also: beef, up

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.

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.
See also: beef, up

have a beef with somebody/something

to think someone or something should be changed I've got nothing against advertising, but I do have a beef with how many bad ads there are on TV.
See also: beef, have

Where's the beef?

  (American informal)
something that you say when you think someone does not have enough ideas to make their plans work Where's the beef? The Senator has no new political initiatives or ideas.

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]
See also: beef, up

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.

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.
See also: beef, up

beef

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.
See also: beef

beef something up

tv. to add strength or substance to something. They beefed up the offer with another thousand dollars.
See also: beef, up

beefcake

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.

beef-head

n. an oaf; a meathead. Look you beef-head, lay off!

beef-hearts

n. audible releases of intestinal gas through the anus. (Rhyming slang for farts. Usually objectionable.) No more of these beef-hearts!

bogus beef

and 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.
See also: beef, bogus

bum beef

verb
See also: beef, bum