eighty-six

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English cardinal numbers
 <  85 86 87  > 
    Cardinal : eighty-six
    Ordinal : eighty-sixth

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eighty-six

  1. The cardinal number immediately following eighty-five and preceding eighty-seven.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown for certain. Possibly rhyming slang for nix(cancel, say no to) (given by the OED), or possibly part of a code of such numbers, created in the 1920s.

In the 2006 film "Final Days of Planet Earth", Room 86 is where the aliens send troublesome humans to be packaged for later consumption. That may account for some of the usage in subsequent years.

Verb[edit]

eighty-six ‎(third-person singular simple present eighty-sixes, present participle eighty-sixing, simple past and past participle eighty-sixed)

  1. (colloquial) To cancel an order for food.
    "eighty-six the ham and eggs for table two!"
  2. (colloquial) To remove an item from the menu.
    eighty-six the lobster bisque - we won't have the lobster delivery until tomorrow.
    "Yes, I'd like the tomato soup." / "I'm sorry sir, that's been eighty-sixed - would you like a salad instead?"
  3. (colloquial) To remove or eject, as a disruptive customer
    Ryan and his friends got too rowdy at the bar, so they were eighty-sixed.
  4. (colloquial) To throw out; discard.
    "We finally had to eighty-six that old printer after it jammed one too many times."
    "...Apple eighty-sixed all of its paid moderators..." --MacAddict January 2007, p. 25
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