Prof. Roly Sussex sussex at LINGUA.ARTS.UQ.EDU.AU
Wed Jun 23 03:13:42 UTC 1999

I am having trouble locating an explanation of the phrase "86",
meaning something like "to refuse a customer service" or possibly
"to eject a customer". Friends have heard it in "MASH"; I believe
it may be part of American restaurant-speak where there are
various codes used by waiting-persons for different dishes.
Can anyone help?
Many thanks
Roly Sussex
The University of Queensland

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