1. [late 19C–1950s] (US tramp) an act of betrayal to the authorities.
2. [late 19C+] (US) a complaint, a problem; thus what’s one’s/the beef?, what’s one’s/the problem?; make a beef, to complain, to make a fuss.
3. [late 19C+] (US campus) a mistake; thus make a beef, to err, to blunder.
4. [1910s+] a criminal charge; often as bum beef
5. [1920s–80s] (US Und.) a crime under investigation.
6. [1940s+] (US black) a statement, conversation, line of talk.
7. [1940s+] an altercation.
8. [1950s+] (US Und.) a discussion; chatter.
9. [1960s] (US Und.) an arrest.
10. [1960s] (US Und.) a criminal act.
11. [1960s–70s] (US) a (usu. hotel or restaurant) bill.
12. [1960s–70s] (US prison) a jail sentence.
13. [1960s+] (US prison) a disciplinary charge.
14. [1980s] (US campus) facts, information.
15. [2000s] (UK black) general aggression, atmosphere of violence.
[2000s] (US black) a child fathered by a gangster who is living temporarily with a girlfriend or mistress while hiding from the authorities.
[1940s] a situation in which one is complaining.
[1930s+] (US black) a groundless complaint.
1. [1910s+] a criminal charge that is considered unfair (in criminal eyes).
2. [1960s+] (US prison) a disciplinary punishment considered unfair by the prisoner.
[1940s] (US Und.) to complain.
[1930s–40s] to deal with a problem.
[1950s+] to deal with a problem or a complaint.
[1950s] to make a fuss.
[1930s] to deal with a problem, typically to escape a criminal charge by paying a bribe.
[1990s+] (US Und.) crimes committed inside prison by a serving prisoner who is tried in a normal court rather than facing internal prison discipline; such crimes include murder, escape, sex- or drug-related offences; also as v.
[1990s+] (US black) to get into arguments, to face criticism.
[1980s+] (US) what’s the real point, importance, inner meaning, content etc?