beef up
{v.}, {informal} To make stronger by adding men or equipment; make more powerful; reinforce. * /The general beefed up his army with more big guns and tanks./ * /The university beefed up the football coaching staff by adding several good men./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • beef up — (v.) add strength, 1941, from college slang, from BEEF (Cf. beef) (n.) in slang sense of muscle power (1851) …   Etymology dictionary

  • beef-up — /beef up /, n. an act or instance of strengthening or reinforcing. [n. use of v. phrase beef up] * * * …   Universalium

  • beef-up — /beef up /, n. an act or instance of strengthening or reinforcing. [n. use of v. phrase beef up] …   Useful english dictionary

  • beef up — (something) to make something stronger or more effective. The city is beefing up police patrols, putting more cops on the street where they can be seen …   New idioms dictionary

  • beef up — verb make strong or stronger (Freq. 1) This exercise will strengthen your upper body strengthen the relations between the two countries • Syn: ↑strengthen, ↑fortify • Ant: ↑weaken ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • beef up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms beef up : present tense I/you/we/they beef up he/she/it beefs up present participle beefing up past tense beefed up past participle beefed up informal to increase or improve something, or to make it more… …   English dictionary

  • beef up — verb to strengthen or reinforce, especially by adding material (or meat) Lets beef up the hinge, in case anybody leans on the door. See Also: beefy, beefed up, beef out, beefed out, beef …   Wiktionary

  • beef up — PHRASAL VERB If you beef up something, you increase, strengthen, or improve it. [V P n (not pron)] ...a campaign to beef up security... [V P n (not pron)] Both sides are still beefing up their military strength. [V ed P] ...a beefed up police… …   English dictionary

  • beef up — phr verb Beef up is used with these nouns as the object: ↑security …   Collocations dictionary

  • beef up — Synonyms and related words: accelerate, aggrandize, aggravate, augment, blow up, boost, brace, brace up, buttress, case harden, complicate, concentrate, condense, confirm, consolidate, deepen, double, enhance, enlarge, exacerbate, exaggerate,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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