eighty-six

[ ey-tee-siks ]
/ ˈeɪ tiˈsɪks /

noun

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. eighty-ninth,
  2. eighty-one,
  3. eighty-second,
  4. eighty-seven,
  5. eighty-seventh,
  6. eighty-sixth,
  7. eighty-third,
  8. eighty-three,
  9. eighty-two,
  10. eijkman

Origin of eighty-six

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

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Word Origin and History for eighty-six

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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