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    #1

    What's your beef?

    Hello,
    What's your beef? (What's your problem)

    Is it American or British or both?

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: What's your beef?

    Quote Originally Posted by alex_genius_20 View Post
    Hello,
    What's your beef? (What's your problem)

    Is it American or British or both?

    Thanks
    It is used in AmE, but it is more of a complaint than a problem.

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    Re: What's your beef?

    I think it's a little outdated now as slang in the US. But I may be the one whose outdated and the slang may be current.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What's your beef?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think it's a little outdated now as slang in the US. But I may be the one whose outdated and the slang may be current.
    I agree that the use seems to have declined.

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    #5

    Re: What's your beef?

    I've never heard it used in BrE.

  6. Yiagos
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    I found a second meaning.

    Urban dictionary shows here a second meaning (the first one on the page). This one is it used on nowdays?

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    Re: I found a second meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yiagos View Post
    Urban dictionary shows here a second meaning (the first one on the page). This one is it used on nowdays?
    See also #3 here: beef - definition of beef by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

  8. Yiagos
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    As we know, normally beef refers to a big animal (bull, ox). Therefore, in my mind the idiom sounds like something big in complexity. And a big problem is one of them.

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