- a cardinal number, 80 plus 6.
- a symbol for this number, as 86 or LXXXVI.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- Slang. a customer considered undesirable or unwelcome and refused service at a bar or restaurant.
- amounting to 86 in number.
- Slang. sold out; out of stock.
- to refuse to serve (an undesirable or unwelcome customer) at a bar or restaurant.
- to reject; discard.
Origin of eighty-six
Examples from the Web for eighty-six
I tell myself not to feel bad because my life expectancy is eighty-six, which means I have nineteen more years of life.Diane Keaton Refuses to Give In to Aging
May 19, 2014
Eighty-six percent of them had been catcalled on the street, and 36 percent said it happened daily.Apps and Online Programs Offer New Ways to Report Street Harassment
April 2, 2014
Eighty-six percent of stocks in the "Sold in the USA" portfolio offer juicy dividends, yielding on average 2.7 percent.'Sold in the USA' Stocks Beating S&P 500
May 10, 2013
Eighty-six people are dying each day from gun violence including eight children; and 3,000 people since Newtown.Jim Wallis on the Common Good
April 7, 2013
Eighty-six of the escapees were serving federal sentences or were awaiting trial for federal offences.Convicts Hunted After Mexican Prison Break Near Border
September 19, 2012
One hundred and eighty-six men, mounted, from the Monongahela settlements.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
The number is five hundred and eighty-six and I think we shall do better than that.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
There was an uncle of my own was in a passion for forty years, and he died at eighty-six.'Lord Kilgobbin
Their length was one hundred and eighty-six and their breadth twenty-four feet.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
Those present numbered eighty-six, Stephen learned from the count.The Loyalist
James Francis Barrett
Word Origin and History for 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.