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Where does “hold my beer” come from and what’s the meaning of it?

Until the phrase “Hold my beer” became a meme on the internet, it was a characteristic expression in English jokes or used as a statement for silly ideas.

Andre Kern
Andre Kern

Until the phrase “Hold my beer” became a meme on the internet, it was a characteristic expression in English jokes or used as a statement for silly ideas. Similarly, the meme and its many variants are also used in internet forums and on social platforms.

The origin of “hold my beer”

Expressions like this can often be seen metaphorically and illustrate something beyond the literal meaning. The origin of “Hold my beer” goes back to the 1990s and is associated with the stand-up comedy of Jeff Foxworthy. Over the years, the phrase’s meaning changed and was often used when someone had a stupid idea and was about to act on it.

In the meantime, the term lives to a large extent on the internet and is also used as the abbreviation “HMB” (hold my beer). The structure of the joke can be carried out in different ways: Someone does something idiotic, but before they go over to it, they say “hold my beer” as a prelude to something even more outrageous.

What does “hold my beer” mean nowadays and how do I use it?

Even today, behind the phrase “hold my beer” is the idea of (usually drunk people) engaging in a spontaneous but also dangerous idea. Therefore, it became a term for situations that demonstrate dangerous behavior. Although more and more videos are shown in which “hold my beer” is used as the beginning of a heroic act, nevertheless the term remains in the context of a risky situation.

The saying “hold my beer” goes like this:

  • “Hold my beer so that my hands are free to do something insane or impressionable.”
  • “Hold my beer, and I’ll teach them how to do it RIGHT or how to do it correctly.”
  • “Hold my Beer” as the title of Fail-Videos.

It can also be used for situations that seem to be very simple. For example, if someone feels sure about a situation they are watching and wants to get involved, they say, “Hold my beer,” and immediately approach the situation. What happens then remains to be seen, but in most cases, it does not end well.

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