Definition of beef something up in English:

beef something up

phrasal verb

  • Give more substance or strength to something.

    ‘cost-cutting measures are planned to beef up performance’
    • ‘So they said, OK, if we're going to do it, we have to beef it up or something because it was a much milder version when we…’
    • ‘We have tried to get players on loan, but there's no point in bringing them in just to beef the bench up.’
    • ‘It is beefing up its capabilities in electronic investigation and cross-border operations.’
    • ‘The security, I think it is important that we recognize it and beef it up.’
    • ‘If your foreign policy results in swelling the ranks of your existing enemies, and creating whole new enemies, you had better start beefing up your defence.’
    • ‘We were writing regulations, we were beefing up legislation.’
    • ‘Mechanics have reinforced the car's chassis with extra steelwork and have beefed up the suspension to take extra load.’
    • ‘A circle of preschoolers listening to a story are beefing up their language abilities.’
    • ‘Besides having the public police drivers, Hall said he's aiming to improve public safety by beefing up on vehicle inspections and driver monitoring.’
    • ‘Hence the search for other PhDs and in the meantime, beefing up my training skills to that of a performance consultant.’
    • ‘The cover is respectful but distinctive, retaining the mood of the original but beefing up the arrangement with a full, cinematic, sound.’
    • ‘He's tried to be tough on national defense, talking about beefing up our defenses at home, in terms of homeland security and abroad.’
    • ‘We heard that they were beefing up security in anticipation of serious protests.’
    • ‘These checkpoints were beefed up following a number of casualties, wounds and death to U.S. forces.’
    • ‘Safety is on the forefront of everyone's minds, and the government is beefing up security everywhere.’
    • ‘Several malls have beefed up security in light of the present crime climate.’
    • ‘We've got to have beefed up intelligence, including much stronger human intelligence.’
    • ‘Additionally, doors, boots and hatches have been beefed up to provide solid operation.’
    • ‘So those penalties will be beefed up substantially.’
    • ‘So far protests from campaigners have been muted, but security around the base has been beefed up with additional police patrols.’
    toughen up, strengthen, build up, reinforce, substantiate, consolidate, invigorate, improve, flesh out
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