(uncountable) The meat from a cow, bull or other bovines.
# The edible portions of a cow (including those which are not meat).
- I love eating beef .
- lean finely textured beef
(uncountable) Bovine animals.
A single bovine (cow or bull) being raised for its meat.
- boneless lean beef trimmings
a grudge (+ with )
- Do you want to raise beeves ?
- He has a beef with anyone who tells him otherwise.
(slang, uncountable) muscle, size, strength
- He has beef with anyone who tells him otherwise.
- Put some beef into it! We've got to get the car over the bump.
(slang, uncountable) essence, content
- We've got to get some beef into the enforcement provisions of that law.
- The beef of his paper was a long rant about government.
* (meat of a cow)
* (meat of a cow) veal
* beef jerky
* beef on weck
* beef stew
* lean finely textured beef
* boneless lean beef trimmings
* bully beef
* corned beef
* where's the beef?
To add weight or strength to, usually as beef up.
(slang) To fart.
- Since you stopped running, you are really beefing out.
(slang) To feud.
- Ugh, who just beefed in here?
(intransitive, chiefly, Yorkshire) To cry
- Those two are beefing right now - best you stay out of it for now.
- David was beefing last night after Ruth told him off
* beef up
* beef out
Being a bovine animal that is being raised for its meat.
Producing]] or known for raising lots of [[#Noun, beef.
- We bought three beef calves this morning.
- beef farms
Consisting]] of or containing [[#Noun, beef as an ingredient.
- beef country
- beef stew
A piece of wood or other material, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a marker or a support or stay.
* (and other bibliographic particulars),
- We have surveyor's stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.
# A piece of wood driven in the ground, placed in the middle of the court, that is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, flat car, flatbed trailer, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
(with definite article) The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
- A sharpened stake strong Dryas found.
A share or interest in a business or a given situation.
- Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake .
That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
(Mormonism) A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
- The owners let the managers eventually earn a stake in the business.
- Every city, or stake, including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men.
* (croquet) peg
* burn at the stake
* pull up stakes
* stake of Zion
To fasten, support, defend, or delineate with stakes.
To pierce or wound with a stake.
To put at risk upon success in competition, or upon a future contingency.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), (Alexander Pope)
- to stake vines or plants.
To provide another with money in order to engage in an activity as betting or a business venture.
- I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.
- John went broke, so to keep him playing, Jill had to ''stake'' him .
- His family staked him $10,000 to get his business started.
* (put at risk) wager, bet
* stake a claim
* stake out