Hold my beer

Hold my beer is an American idiom that has been in use for approximately twenty years. We will examine the meaning of the idiom hold my beer, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Hold my beer is an idiom that means that the speaker is about to engage in risky and dangerous behavior that is doomed to fail. The idiom has evolved quickly, which may mean that it will fade into obscurity just as quickly. The idiom hold my beer is an abbreviation of the phrase hold my beer and watch this. The phrase stems from a comedy routine performed by Jeff Foxworthy in the 1990s, in which he says that a redneck’s last words are the phrase, “Y’all watch this.” The idea is of a group of slightly drunk people performing increasingly dangerous stunts. The phrase quickly morphed into shorthand for someone about to engage in risky and dangerous behavior, and is often quoted for humorous effect. However, recently the term has been used as a prelude to doing something heroic. It will be interesting to watch how this idiom grows and changes.

Examples

While you’re on our site, check out the latest from the Belleair Beach council, which must’ve seen Madeira’s drama and thought, “Hold my beer.”  (Tampa Bay Newspapers)

I was pretty sure that Pride-branded mouthwash was the peak of performative corporate ally-ship, but, just a few days ago, Budweiser UK came along and told Listerine: “Hold my beer.”  (The Guardian)

YouTube turned to Facebook and said, “Hold my beer.”  (Forbes Magazine)

Louis gave us one of the great golf shots in history with his hole-out albatross at the par-5 second at Augusta in 2012, only to have Bubba Watson say, “Louis, hold my beer,” and hit a screaming hook from the woods on No. 10 in the sudden-death playoff to snatch the green jacket right out of Oosthuizen’s hands. (Golf News)