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eighty-six

[ey-tee-siks]
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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.
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adjective
  1. amounting to 86 in number.
  2. Slang. sold out; out of stock.
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verb (used with object) Slang.
  1. to refuse to serve (an undesirable or unwelcome customer) at a bar or restaurant.
  2. to reject; discard.
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Origin of eighty-six

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

chuckdiscardreject

Examples from the Web for eighty-six

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Historical Examples

  • 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

v.

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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