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beef up

Meaning: to make something stronger or more powerful

Synonym: strengthen, boost

For example:

  • beef up sth The government decided to beef up security after a terrorist attack on the country's biggest airport.

  • beef sth up We've been letting the opposition teams score too many goals, so we need to beef our defence up a bit.

Nouns often used as objects with
beef up: security, armed forces, police force, workforce, sales department, defence, attack

Quick Quiz:

Because of recent robberies, gold shops have decided to beef up security and hire
  1. more sales staff
  2. more butchers
  3. more guards

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