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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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ARY correspondent reported that security was beefed up at the Karachi airport ahead of the arrival of the COAS.
The security of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Chairman's sisters have also been beefed up after the instructions of high-ups of the law enforcement agencies.
Following the information, the Police Department increased special surveillance in Model Town and also beefed up security arrangements.
THE US beefed up security yesterday, following the attacks.
In 2004 we beefed up our marketing department and have been able to deliver many new tools to our sales team.
And Achim expects that the tracking of immigrant criminals would be beefed up further with an opening of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new office in downstate Rock Island.
To make a direct-methanol PEM cell, however, developers beefed up the catalysts in the electrodes to promote more-complex reactions, notably the combination of methanol and water to form carbon dioxide and the hydrogen needed to drive the cell.
Carrefour has beefed up its cyber presence with plans to launch a service provider internet portal, enabling consumers to access the net as well as order products on line.
5) Christian Slater beefed up with weights five days a week for the action movie ``Broken Arrow.
One bright spot about the gift ban is that it beefed up disclosure requirements--so citizens can get a better idea who may be buying influence.
PDA has beefed up the software's plastics databank to augment the resin-property information PDA has already collected from other sources in the past.
Packard Bell has beefed up memory and hard disk capacity on its expansive lineup of multimedia systems, ensuring effortless multitasking and providing extensive storage for all the spreadsheets, computations games, and utility programs employed by active families and home office users.
BLUES have beefed ups their board by appointing Chinese big hitter Bruno Wu as joint vice-chairman.