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What's Your Beef?


The English word beef literally refers to cow meat, but, idiomatically speaking, the term can refer to a complaint. For example:

I think that politics could be a positive thing. My beef is that people focus on the personal aspect of a politician too much. They should focus on the results.
- LL Cool J

Beefs are things that irritate you, the things that you have complaints about. People have a lot of beefs, a few examples of which can be found in the following articles:

Robert Moss’ Beefy Top 10 List for Foodies
- charlestoncitypaper.com, 20 December 2010, Robert Moss
Consumers’ 5 biggest beefs
- money.msn.com, Lucy Lazarony
Your Beef: Who’s responsible when serviced car’s beyond warranty?
- wheels.ca, 4 December 2012, Eric Lai

Accordingly, when someone asks you
what’s your beef?, he is asking you what is bothering you? For example:

Julia: You have been acting strangely all morning, Luigi. What’s your beef?
Luigi: I am not happy with our English teacher. She spends too much time discussing the past simple and not enough time looking at the present perfect simple.

Could this be your
beef too?

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