1. a cardinal number, 80 plus 6.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 86 or LXXXVI.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
  4. Slang. a customer considered undesirable or unwelcome and refused service at a bar or restaurant.


  1. amounting to 86 in number.
  2. Slang. sold out; out of stock.

verb (used with object) Slang.

  1. to refuse to serve (an undesirable or unwelcome customer) at a bar or restaurant.
  2. to reject; discard.

slang for “eliminate,” 1936, originated at lunch counters, a cook’s word for “none” when asked for something not available, probably rhyming slang for nix.

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