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    beef up and beef about

    "Stop beefing about having to work late -- you're not the only one."

    Is it used in this context correctly?

    "I've been writing a report all day. Do your part of the job. Beef it up with some figures."

    "If you stopped drinking, it would beef up your reputation you were losing."

    Is it OK with "were losing"? Should I have said "have been losing"?
    Last edited by ostap77; 06-Nov-2010 at 20:11.

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    Re: beef up and beef about

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Stop beefing about having to work late -- you're not the only one."

    Is it used in this context?

    "I've been writing a report all day. Do your part of the job. Beef it up with some figures."
    Both of these statements make sense in AmE.

    "If you stop dreanking, it would beef up your reputation you were losing."

    Is it OK with "were losing"? Should I have said "have been losing"?
    This statement makes no sense at all. By "dreanking" do you mean "drinking"? Even so, if you were to say "If you stopped drinking, it would beef up your reputation you were losing" is not grammatically correct, even colloquially.

    To "beef up" means to bolster something that is already positive. It does not mean to repair or correct a thing or situation. If a person has a bad reputation due to excessive drinking, he would not need to "beef up" his reputation, he would have to "restore" or "improve" it instead.

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