roast beef

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Roast beef

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roast beef (countable and uncountable, plural roast beefs)

  1. Beef cooked by roasting.
  2. A cut of beef that has been roasted.
    • 2000, Phyllis-Terri Gold, Saving Grace: A Spiritual Love Story, page 51,
      I tell the waiter, 'We'll have two roast beefs, one well-done, the other medium rare.'
    • 2008, Red Jordan Arobateau, Leader of the Pack, page 136,
      But the cars & trucks held cartons of roast chickens, slabs of cheeses, loaves of bread, racks of hotdogs, case upon case of soft drinks, cases of bottled sparkling water, pies, cakes, roast beefs & baked hams.
    • 2010, Mariana De Saint Phalle, Mariana's Letters, page 94,
      No delicate little tidbits at these parties; there are buckets of shrimps and oysters, roast beefs and hams and tables of sweets with smiling corporate heads and their lobbyists to greet the guests.
  3. A cut of beef intended for roasting.
    • 1999, Michael Pearson, Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx, page 152,
      Two or three times a week I had to deliver fifteen- or twenty-pound roast beefs to delis around the Bronx so that they could cook them and slice them up for sandwiches.
    • 2009, Carole M. Counihan, A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, page 80,
      We had a freezer up until maybe two years ago. We used to pack a lot of roast beefs.
  4. A portion of roasted beef.
    • 2006, Allen Rosenshine, Funny Business: Moguls, Mobsters, Megastars, and the Mad, Mad World of the Ad Game, page 117,
      Because there, in the middle of the table, among the roast beefs on rolls, []

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