- to eject from, or refuse to serve at, a place where alcoholic drinks are sold, as because of drunkenness
- to cut off, eject, cancel, eliminate, kill, etc.
Also written 86
transitive verbeight·y-sixed, eight·y-six·ing, eight·y-six·es or 86ed or 86·ing or 86·es Slang
- To refuse to serve (an unwelcome customer) at a bar or restaurant.
- a. To throw out; eject.b. To throw away; discard.
Origin of eighty-sixProbably from waiters' and bartenders' slang of the 1920s and 1930s, originally used to indicate that an item on the menu was not available, perhaps rhyming slang for nix2.
(third-person singular simple present eighty-sixes, present participle eighty-sixing, simple past and past participle eighty-sixed)
- (colloquial) To cancel an order for food.
- "eighty-six the ham and eggs for table two!"
- (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?"
- (colloquial) To remove or eject, as a disruptive customer
- Ryan and his friends got too rowdy at the bar, so they were eighty-sixed.
- (colloquial) To throw out; discard.
- "We finally had to eighty-six that old printer after it jammed one too many times."