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beeves (See beef)

Noun

1 cattle that are reared for their meat [syn: beef cattle]
2 meat from an adult domestic bovine [syn: boeuf]
3 informal terms for objecting; "I have a gripe about the service here" [syn: gripe, kick, bitch, squawk] v : complain; "What was he hollering about?" [syn: gripe, grouse, crab, squawk, bellyache, holler] [also: beeves (pl)]

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English

Noun

beeves plural
  1. Plural of beef|nodot=t: cows, bulls, or steers.
    • And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      One way a Band select from forage drives
      A herd of Beeves, faire Oxen and faire Kine
      From a fat Meddow ground
    • 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
      …to deliver in every morning six beeves, forty sheep, and other victuals for my sustenance.
    • 2004, Ginger Hanson, Ransom's Bride'', page 106
      "I heard Texas was horses and beeves."
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