Beef is meat from a cow. It's also a word for a complaint. If you have a beef with someone, you’re not sharing a steak, you have a gripe. Just don’t beef to a cow; her problems are worse.

Beef is a type of meat from cattle. If you've ever had a hamburger, you've had beef. The word beef comes from the Old French word buef, which became the word for basically, cow meat. Beef is to cow as pork is to pig or mutton is to sheep. On the other hand, if you have a beef with someone, you have a complaint. Beefing is expressing such feelings.

Definitions of beef
  1. noun
    meat from an adult domestic bovine
    synonyms: boeuf
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    ground beef, hamburger
    beef that has been ground
    bully beef, corn beef, corned beef
    beef cured or pickled in brine
    highly seasoned cut of smoked beef
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    the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
  2. noun
    cattle that are reared for their meat
    synonyms: beef cattle
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    Texas longhorn, longhorn
    long-horned beef cattle formerly common in southwestern United States
    Santa Gertrudis
    Brahman and shorthorn crossbreed of red cattle; hardy in hot regions
    Aberdeen Angus, Angus, black Angus
    black hornless breed from Scotland
    large white or cream-colored breed from France
    Durham, shorthorn
    English breed of short-horned cattle
    breed of hardy black chiefly beef cattle native to Scotland
    Hereford, whiteface
    hardy English breed of dairy cattle raised extensively in United States
    beefalo, cattalo
    hardy breed of cattle resulting from crossing domestic cattle with the American buffalo; yields leaner beef than conventional breeds
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    Bos taurus, cattle, cows, kine, oxen
    domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age
  3. noun
    informal terms for objecting
    synonyms: bitch, gripe, kick, squawk
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    type of:
    the speech act of objecting
  4. verb
    synonyms: bellyache, bitch, crab, gripe, grouse, holler, squawk
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    type of:
    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
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