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[ey-tee-siks] /ˈeɪ tiˈsɪks/
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.
verb (used with object), Slang.
to refuse to serve (an undesirable or unwelcome customer) at a bar or restaurant.
to reject; discard.
Origin of eighty-six
1960-65, for def 7; sense “refuse” perhaps as rhyming slang for nix1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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 Charles Lever
  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for eighty-six



  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)


  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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