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Jun 3, 2003
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sixty-four-dollar question
eighty-six
twenty-twenty
deep-six
catch-22

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eighty-six or 86

(AY-tee SIKS Pronunciation

verb tr.: 1. To throw out; discard; reject. 2. To refuse to serve (a customer).

adjective: Sold-out (of an item).

noun: An undesirable customer, one who is denied service.

[Perhaps rhyming slang for nix.]

"He says the show will go on next month, though scheduling conflicts may move it to another hotel and the band may be eighty-sixed."
Zan Dubin; Clubs in and Around Orange County; The Los Angeles Times; Jun 19, 1997.

"David enlists the help of his friend Richard Lewis to buy a bracelet for his wife from a jewelry store that 86ed him."
Melanie McFarland; `Curb' Built on `Seinfeld' Legacy; The Seattle Times; Oct 13, 2000.

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The most important political office is that of private citizen. -Louis Brandeis, lawyer, judge, and writer (1856-1941)

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