beef trust

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally the name of a conglomerate of beef producers; later adopted ironically by US carnival showman WB ‘Billy’ Watson, who used it as the name for his sideshow of overweight women.

Noun[edit]

beef trust (plural beef trusts)

  1. (US slang) An overweight or obese person; also used as a collective singular.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 91:
      The beef trust was out in full force – these landladies were all shaped up like barrels, wherever there wasn't a crease in their meat there was a dimple.