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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eighty-six, 86, lxxxviadjective

    being six more than eighty


  1. 86verb

    To cancel an order for food.

    "86 the ham and eggs for table two!"

  2. 86verb

    To remove an item from the menu.

  3. 86verb

    To throw out; discard.

    "We finally had to 86 that old printer after it jammed one too many times."

  4. 86verb

    To deny service.

    "The restaurant 86ed us because we didn't fit the dress code."

  5. Etymology: Origin uncertain. The OED suggests possible rhyming slang for nix. Other more elaborate theories include Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City, as item #86 on their menu, their house steak, is supposed to have run out often in the 19th century; another theory is that this term came from the New York speakeasy Chumley’s, which was a hotspot in the 1920s. Chumley’s is hidden inside a west village building which has two entrances, a well set back main entrance on Barrow Street and an obscure back-door exit on 86 Bedford Street. When police were sighted approaching the main entrance, the barkeeps yelled ‘86 it' to hide the liquor and signal the patrons to quickly exit the back door.


  1. 86

    In numerology, 86 is a number that symbolizes humanitarianism, family, and efficiency. However, in popular slang, '86' is a term used in the food service industry, typically in restaurants, to indicate that they are out of a specific product. The term can also mean to refuse service or reject something. In computing, the term "x86" refers to a family of instruction set architectures based on the Intel 8086 microprocessor.

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  1. 86verb

    To kill a plan or action. In the restaurant lingo it means that you want to cancel an order already placed with the kitchen or on the bill. "86 that spinach salad!".

  2. 86verb

    To get ejected from a place. For example: "86'ed from the club" Thrown out

  3. 86verb

    Note: this term is originated from Agent 86, aka Maxwell Smart from the great late '60s show "Get Smart" (acted by Don Adams, who is also the voice of cartoon character Inspector Gadget)

  4. 86verb

    I've heard that 86 is from NYC. The bouncers would throw people out the side door onto 86th St.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of 86 in Chaldean Numerology is: 0

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of 86 in Pythagorean Numerology is: 0

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