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Definition of meat noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the flesh of an animal or a bird eaten as food; a particular type of this a piece/slice of meat horse meat (= from a horse) meat-eating animals There's not much meat on this chop. (figurative) (humorous) There's not much meat on her (= she is very thin). see also lunchmeat, mincemeat, red meat, sausage meat, white meat
  2. 2[uncountable] meat (of something) the important or interesting part of something synonym substance This chapter contains the real meat of the writer's argument.
  3. Idioms
    dead meat (informal)
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    in serious trouble If anyone finds out, you're dead meat.
    one man's meat is another man's poison (saying)
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    used to say that different people like different things; what one person likes very much, another person does not like at all
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: meat