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    have beef with somebody - origins

    Hi,

    I'm trying to understand where does the meaning of 'beef with somebody' come from?

    Does it get its origins from a situation where two or more animals fighting on the prey while they eat it?

    Thanks

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    Re: have beef with somebody - origins

    Google it. Nobody seems to know where this AmE expression come from.

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    Re: have beef with somebody - origins

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Google it. Nobody seems to know where this AmE expression come from.
    I'll tell you a secret, if nobody knows then neither does Google. Seriously people, why does everybody keep saying 'google it'?
    Do I have to create a signature saying that I google before I ask the question?

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    Re: have beef with somebody - origins

    Two interesting discussions on the topic.

    http://www.intelligentanswers.co.uk/...p?topic=5730.0
    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2576991

    I'm inclined to think it came from the bull-headedness of said steer -- or perhaps a side-rib sore to avenge.




    --lotus
    Last edited by lotus888; 04-Aug-2014 at 21:38.

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    Re: have beef with somebody - origins

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?...earchmode=none.

    See @2. And please be a bit less impolite next time.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: have beef with somebody - origins

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    I'm inclined to think it came from the bull-headedness of said steer -- or perhaps a side-rib sore to avenge.
    This actually makes perfect sense to me. I pictured two men acting like bulls (or rather bovine, meaning that the argument isn't close to a fight) to each other.
    Also, thanks for the links. Although the discussions don't give an answer to the question, I found them pretty interesting.
    Now that I connected that meaning with a short movie picture, it will stick better into my mind.

    Thanks, lotus888. Appreciate your answer very much since this question has been on my mind for a very long time.

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    Re: have beef with somebody - origins

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    I'll tell you a secret, if nobody knows then neither does Google. Seriously people, why does everybody keep saying 'google it'?
    Do I have to create a signature saying that I google before I ask the question?
    In all honesty, yes. It is a good idea to start your post with "OK, I've Googled this and looked everywhere I can think of and I still can't find out the definition of XXX. Can anyone here help me?"

    However, the chances are that if the answer isn't available anywhere on Google, then no-one here will have the magic answer.

    It is still very helpful for us to know what research you have done yourself before you ask us.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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