beef up

Definition of beef up

informal
:to add weight, strength, or power to (something)
  • Security around the city will be beefed up during the event.
  • a politician looking to beef his image up

Word by Word Definitions

beef play
  1. : the flesh of an adult domestic bovine (such as a steer or cow) used as food

  2. : an ox, cow, or bull in a full-grown or nearly full-grown state

  3. : a dressed carcass of a beef animal

  1. : to increase or add substance, strength, or power to

  2. : complain

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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