One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]North American
1Eject or bar (someone) from a restaurant, bar, etc.‘they were accused of cheating, and eighty-sixed from their favourite casino’
- ‘We have 86ed him before for those reasons, so I think it would probably be smarter for us to avoid future incidents.’
- ‘She wore a wedding dress just for the hell of it and danced and flirted and cussed in French Quarter barrooms until she was eighty-sixed, which was often.’
- ‘Shortly after the guidebook was published in April, he found himself trashed (by a rival guide) in the local paper, eighty-sixed from a local cantina, and called a ‘hillbilly creep’ via e-mail.’
2Reject, discard, or cancel.‘the passwords will be 86ed by next October’
- ‘Brian continues to try to eighty-six Michael's practically perfect boyfriend but finds the good doctor can give as good as he gets.’
- ‘As is everything, which makes the bustling lunch rush a better bet than dinner, when lower turnover can result in dry rice, reheated kafta, or - sorrow of sorrows - an eighty-sixed chicken shawarma.’
- ‘She started buying bottled organic milk from a local dairy and eighty-sixed her ‘noxious toilet-bowl cleaner’.’
- ‘I don't think that eighty-sixing him from the movie was the right thing to do at all.’
1930s (as a noun, used in restaurants and bars to indicate that a menu item is unavailable or that a customer is not to be served): perhaps rhyming slang for nix.
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