Having yourself immortalized with a paunch indicated you were wealthy/held high office/were involved in derring-do.
Hart's the good ol' boy type: wife, kids, mistress, no-nonsense demeanor, the beginnings of a paunch.
In the male hierarchy of overweightness that runs upward from baby fat to morbid obesity, the paunch is the glorious exception.
Once they leave office, the paunch is usually shed quietly á la Bill Clinton.
He has a pudgy face and a paunch that gives him a teddy bear-like quality.
You puff and blow like a seal when you come upstairs; your paunch rises and falls like a diamond on a woman's forehead!
I dared not retort, but I looked so hard at his paunch that the General smiled.
Take a freshly-killed hare, save the blood, paunch and skin it.
If it hit en in the paunch, it's 'not out' and the fella must have suffered.
It seems true that this sailor-man has a paunch like the great water duct of St. Michel.
late 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French pance (Old North French panche) "belly, stomach," from Latin panticem (nominative pantex) "belly, bowels" (cf. Spanish panza, Italian pancia); possibly related to panus "swelling" (see panic (n.2)).
paunch (pônch, pänch)
The belly, especially a protruding one; a potbelly.