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Where did the phrase Eighty Six, meaning “to get rid of something,” originate?
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The phrase Eighty Six originated in the 1930s as a term used by cooks at lunch counters to indicate “none” when customers asked for something not available. In 1958, it showed up in an article published in the Saturday Evening Post to indicate removing or kicking out an unruly man from a reception.