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eighty-six

[ey-tee-siks] /ˈeɪ tiˈsɪks/
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
1960-1965
1960-65, for def 7; sense “refuse” perhaps as rhyming slang for nix1
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Word Origin and History for eightysix
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.
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eighty-six

noun
  1. A cook's term for ''none'' or ''nix'' when asked for something not available (1930s+ Lunch counter)
  2. A person who is not to be served more liquor: known as an ''eighty-six,'' which means: ''Don't serve him'' (1930s+ Bartenders)
verb
  1. : We had to eighty-six the French dip
  2. (also eight-six) To eject or interdict someone: I'll have you eighty-sixed out of this bar/ I been eighty-sixed out of better situations (1959+)
  3. To reject; refuse; eschew: Kids, eighty-six those video games (1980s+)
  4. To kill; destroy; annihilate: There'd been serious pragmatic reasons for not eightysixing the man then and there (1970s+)

[probably fr the rhyme with ''nix'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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