The government needs to stop borrowing, start saving, and beef up socioeconomic programs.
After 9/11/2001, good fear prompted us to beef up transportation security.
But the actor hit the gym and was able to beef up to fill out the spandex blue and red suit.
Inside the Park51 effort, the organizers recognize they have to beef up their public relations.
For the time being, all they desire is to beef up U.S. military spending and presence in Asia.
She appeared in high-school plays and went to NYU to beef up on literature.
Cut the beef up into tiny bits; pour boiling water over it and let it stand one minute; pour it off and squeeze the meat dry.
When nearly done, take vegetables out and mash them well, and also cut the beef up fine.
The first thing they'll do is beef up their planetary defenses to match.
"I guess that's why they were so anxious to get the beef up to the pasture to-night," said Kit.
"add strength," 1941, from college slang, from beef (n.) in slang sense of "muscle-power" (1851).
c.1300, from Old French buef "ox; beef; ox hide" (11c., Modern French boeuf), from Latin bovem (nominative bos, genitive bovis) "ox, cow," from PIE root *gwou- "cow, ox, bull" (see cow (n.)). Original plural was beeves.
"to complain," slang, 1888, American English, from noun meaning "complaint" (1880s). The noun meaning "argument" is recorded from 1930s. The origin and signification are unclear; perhaps it traces to the common late 19c. complaint of U.S. soldiers about the quantity or quality of beef rations.
To strengthen; reinforce •Beef up! is attested as an exhortation to use more strength by 1890: The Patriots beefed up their defense by adding an all-star lineman (WWII armed forces and industry)