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Where did the phrase 'i have a beef with you' originate?

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2008-11-26 01:43:58
2008-11-26 01:43:58

The phrase "I have a beef with you" originated in the old west among sheep farmers who were competing for grazing land with cattle farmers. The sheep farmers used the term with each other to refer to a conflict, which was what they had with the cattle farmers, or "beef" farmers.

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