German goitre

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From German +‎ goitre, from the stereotype that Germans drink a lot of beer, and from the similarity of a protruding stomach to a protruding goitre.

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German goitre ‎(plural German goitres)

  1. (US Midwest, idiomatic, humorous) A protruding stomach, especially one supposed to be indicative of excessive consumption of beer.
    • 1939, American Flint, vol. 28, p. 41
      Brothers Gribble, Berger, Wolf, Shadwill and the writer are still nursing their “beer muscles.” I mean German goitres.
    • 1956, "Advantages of Being Fat," Milwaukee Journal, 8 Oct., p. 22 (retrieved 3 Jan. 2010):
      Any man who likes playing Santa Claus is in much better shape come Christmas if he has a German goiter.