Beer Muscles Meaning
(idiomatic, humorous) A protruding stomach, supposedly indicative of excessive consumption of beer.
Example: 1979, "Letters: Summing Up Summerfest and Planning Ahead," Milwaukee Journal, 14 Jul., p. 10 (retrieved 3 Jan. 2010):
Many people, especially after a few beers, grow â€œbeer musclesâ€ and are ready to fight for any reason.
1999, Phil Mushnick, "In-Arena Shows Are Big Turnoff," New York Post, 18 June, p. 94:
The show has become a come-on for drunks to flex their beer muscles.
2009, Andrew W. Lehren and Christine Hauser, "In New York City, Fewer Murders on Rainy Days ," New York Times, 3 July (retrieved 3 Jan. 2010):
â€œEverybody's out partying, people start drinking, old beefs pop up, and people get their beer muscles out and start fighting.â€
1939, American Flint, vol. 28, p. 41
Grothers Gribble, Berger, Wolf, Shadwill and the writer are still nursing their â€œbeer muscles.â€ I mean German goitres.
1982, "Brewing firms says small is better," Milwaukee Sentinel, 2 Sept. (retrieved 3 Jan. 2010):
â€œYou can't find a better-tasting beer,â€ said Farmer Cheatle, a resident who was losing a battle to hold in a bulging belly he called â€œbeer musclesâ€.
1990, John Harvey, The Legend of Captain Space, ISBN 9780002235563, p. 33:
Nick made legs of his fingers and walked them on the baby's belly. . . . â€œ[L]ook at those beer muscles!â€