Still, rebel leaders insist the city is beefing up its defenses covertly.
Once you begin to pick up on these things, the preposterousness of “beefing up security” becomes worryingly self-evident.
Others have focused on beefing up new product categories to keep pace with the changing times.
The U.S. campaign against ISIS leans on two pillars: conducting airstrikes, and beefing up local forces.
"Always you're beefing about something happening what ain't going to happen, Abe," Morris retorted.
A large and favorite German apple, of first-rate quality, for culinary purposes, and very much resembling our Norfolk beefing.
Finally he arrived, bringing the mule and feeling very much like beefing it when he got home.
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.