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March 25, 2023

Word of the Day: Eighty-six

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Word of the Day
: March 25, 2023

\ay-tee-SIKS\ verb

What It Means

Eighty-six is an informal word that means “to eject, dismiss, or remove someone.” It is usually used in the context of banning or refusing to serve a customer, but it can also refer to rejecting, discontinuing, or removing something in general.

// The teenagers were eighty-sixed by the manager after they attempted to start a food fight in the restaurant.

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