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    What does this sentence mean:

    "I have had a lot of beef with my dad over the years."

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    Re: idiom

    'to have a beef with' means to have a problem or disagreement with somebody or something.

    Edit: Assuming you're looking for an idiomatic interpretation. It could also be a literal sentence meaning you and your dad have eaten a lot of beef together over the years.

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    If the OP wanted the idiomatic interpretation, "beef" should be "beefs".

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    Perhaps, if there were multiple disagreements. However if it was a single long-standing point of contention, I would be okay with 'a lot of beef'.

    Admittedly though, father/son disagreements are rarely limited to a single bone of contention.

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    That sounds like bull to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That sounds like bull to me.
    What does "bull" mean here?

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    It's a shorter and more tactful way of saying 'bullsh*t' - he's expressing disbelief.

    Raymott is making a (good!) pun about beef, since a bull is also a male cow.

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    There is no such thing as a male cow.

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    Re: idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
    What does "bull" mean here?
    Bull is short for bullsh*t, meaning absolute nonsense.

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    Re: idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There is no such thing as a male cow.
    'Cow(s)' is also used synonymously for 'cattle' since there isn't a singular version of the word cattle. You can refer to any bovine as a cow.

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