eighty-six

eighty-six

[ey-tee-siks]
noun
1.
a cardinal number, 80 plus 6.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 86 or LXXXVI.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
Slang. a customer considered undesirable or unwelcome and refused service at a bar or restaurant.
adjective
5.
amounting to 86 in number.
6.
Slang. sold out; out of stock.
verb (used with object) Slang.
7.
to refuse to serve (an undesirable or unwelcome customer) at a bar or restaurant.
8.
to reject; discard.

Origin:
1960–65, for def 7; sense “refuse” perhaps as rhyming slang for nix1

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eighty-six
slang for "eliminate," 1936, originated at lunch counters, a cook's word for "none" when asked for something not available, probably rhyming slang for nix.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eighty-six definition


and 86
  1. tv.
    to dispose of someone or something; to nix someone or something. : He wants $400? Eighty-six that! We can't afford it.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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