from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Having been made greater or stronger: "Beefed-up sales efforts [by competitors] overwhelmed them” ( Wall Street Journal).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. made greater or stronger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. made greater or stronger


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  • The NDP champions higher corporate taxes, beefed-up pension benefits and increased health-care spending.

    Small Party Gains Clout in Canada

  • The beefed-up metrics are similar to the Bush-era quarterly evaluations for Iraq and Afghanistan currently used by the Pentagon to report security progress to Congress.

    Administration sets benchmarks to measure Afghanistan progress

  • By dumping the Bush plan he lowers the Russian's angst, and continues to back a strong European defense posture using existing systems that are beefed-up.

    Obama scraps Bush-era missile defense for new plan

  • This campaign of recurring air strikes and demonstrations continued for more than a decade.31 To support this open-ended quasi-war, beefed-up U.S. military contingents remained in the region, operating out of a network of bases in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey, and elsewhere.

    Between War and Peace

  • And they have a plan for a beefed-up Medicare payments commission that, in theory, should allow reimbursement rates to be made in a more technically sound manner.

    Matthew Yglesias » House GOP Medicare Elimination Plan Puts Conservatives in a Pickle

  • The carrier planned a public relations campaign highlighting more spacious seats, improved reading lights and beefed-up entertainment systems with upgraded screens and expanded video options.

    Singapore Air Postpones New Tokyo A380 route

  • Providing space and freedom for the prince and his friends would cost British taxpayers in excess of $2.5 million—most of that spent on installing bulletproof windows, panic rooms, new security cameras and surveillance devices, and of course a beefed-up force of armed guards stationed in a separate building right next door.

    William and Kate

  • In the past, FAA officials also have publicly pledged to require beefed-up training for pilots.

    FAA to Unveil Medical Helicopter Safety Proposals

  • James Dudley says his beefed-up team of more than 200 officers—complemented by an undisclosed number of new private security officers—will strictly enforce a ban on floats, drinking and unregistered participants by using fences along the racecourse and checkpoints.

    San Francisco's New Race Rules: Run Naked, Not Drunk

  • Though Mr. Asmussen didn't get the economics portfolio, he scored a beefed-up post as head of the ECB's international division, giving him a central role in crisis talks.

    A New Generation Tackles the Euro Crisis


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