or 86 (ā'tē-sĭks')
tr.v. Slang, eight·y-sixed, or 86·ed, eight·y-six·ing, or 86·ing, eight·y-six·es, or 86·es.
  1. To refuse to serve (an unwelcome customer) at a bar or restaurant.
    1. To throw out; eject.
    2. To throw away; discard.

[Perhaps after Chumley's bar and restaurant at 86 Bedford Street in Greenwich Village, New York City.]

Restaurant slang for being out of a menu item, such as "86 the lamp chops."

To throw away or get rid of something. From the number of the form originally used to remove an item from a stock record.


In restaurants and bars, an expression indicating that the supply of an item has run out, or that a customer is not to be served; also, a customer to be refused service. (1936 —) .
G. Fowler There was a bar in the Belasco building,...but Barrymore was known in that cubby as an 'eighty-six' (1944).

eighty-six on enough of, no more of. (1981 —) .
W. Safire Eighty-six on etymologies for 'cocktail' (1981). verb trans.

To eject or debar (a person) from premises; to reject or abandon. (1959 —) .
J. Rechy I'll have you eighty-sixed out of this bar (1963).

[Prob. rhyming slang for nix noun.]

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86 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 86
Ab urbe condita 839
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4836
Bahá'í calendar -1758–-1757
Bengali calendar -507
Berber calendar 1036
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 630
Burmese calendar -552
Byzantine calendar 5594–5595
Chinese calendar 乙酉年十一月廿八日
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Coptic calendar -198–-197
Ethiopian calendar 78–79
Hebrew calendar 3846–3847
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 142–143
 - Shaka Samvat 8–9
 - Kali Yuga 3187–3188
Holocene calendar 10086
Igbo calendar
 - Ǹrí Ìgbò -914–-913
Iranian calendar 536 BP – 535 BP
Islamic calendar 552 BH – 551 BH
Japanese calendar
Juche calendar N/A (before 1912)
Julian calendar 86    LXXXVI
Korean calendar 2419
Minguo calendar 1826 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 629

Year 86 (LXXXVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Augustus and Petronianus (la) (or, less frequently, year 839 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 86 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.


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