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86 (someone or something)

1. To eject someone from an establishment without serving them. The boss hates this guy and wants us to 86 him.
2. To cancel or stop something. Why would they 86 the plans for renovations? The building is practically falling apart.
3. To dispose of something. Ugh, can we please 86 the coleslaw? Just looking at it is making me nauseous.
See also: 86

do a 180

1. Literally, to begin moving in the opposite direction. (If one physically turns 180 degrees, one will then be facing the opposite direction.) I was going to go to the park, but when I saw those dark clouds roll in, I did a 180 and headed back home.
2. To make a big change in one's position, opinion, lifestyle, etc. A: "Can you believe that Sam quit his job at the firm?" B: "No, he really did a 180 on being a paralegal!"
See also: 180

do an about-face

To suddenly and completely turn or change one's direction. This phrase can describe one's physical movement or a change in concept. She did an about-face and walked back up the steps once she saw that the subway wasn't running. Based on the reactions we got from test audiences, we need to do an about-face with the movie's plot.

the eighty-eight

slang The piano. A reference to the eighty-eight keys of a piano. Tom got up and played an amazing tune on the eighty-eight. It was a classy place. The waiters were all in tuxedos and there was a woman in the corner playing on the eighty-eight the whole evening.

turn 180 degrees

1. Literally, to turn and face the opposite direction. I was going to go to the park, but when I saw those dark clouds roll in, I turned 180 degrees and headed back home.
2. To make a big change in one's position, opinion, lifestyle, etc. A: "Can you believe that Sam quit his job at the firm?" B: "No, he really turned 180 degrees on being a paralegal!"
See also: 180, degree, turn

do a one-eighty

 and turn one hundred and eighty degrees 
1. Lit. to turn around and go in the opposite direction. When I hollered, the dog did a one-eighty and headed back to its own yard.
2. Fig. to radically reverse a decision or opinion. His political philosophy turned one hundred and eighty degrees when he grew a little older.

eighty-six something

Sl. to throw something away. Let's eighty-six this stew and go out and get some decent pizza.

do an about-face

Also, do a flip-flop or one-eighty . Reverse one's opinion or course of action. For example, The board did an about-face on acquiring more land, or We expected Dad to do a flip-flop concerning our vacation plans, or They had relied on Jim to vote for Harry, but he did a one-eighty and cast his vote for the incumbent . The first term, alluding to the army command to turn around, dates from the first half of the 1900s, and the variants from the second half of the 1900s (the last refers to a 180-degree change of direction).

the eighty-eight

n. a piano. (Pianos have eighty-eight keys.) Sam can really beat the eighty-eight.

eighty-six

and 86
tv. to dispose of someone or something; to nix someone or something. He wants $400? Eighty-six that! We can’t afford it.
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"The Eighties stuff looked so old fashioned and no-one wanted it.'' However, the occasional items do appear in donation bags and most charity shops have a vintage rail, which is eagerly picked over by students and youngsters too young to have worn them in the Eighties.
'It would be too easy for me to go to Top Shop or Miss Selfridge and buy the revived versions of Eighties fashions, but we want to get our hands on the original garments.
He feels that to some extent the unity of the Eighties was based on the luxury of not having responsibility--ultimately it didn't matter what opinions people had about the economy because they weren't in power.
* On the other hand, eighties perceive themselves as healthier than a cross section of seventies.
A Mrs T teapot, featuring the nose as the spout, sold for pounds 5 in the Eighties. It's now worth pounds 150.
An Eighties revival will only be accepted by The Beautiful North if the Pixies reform!
Many Republicans this year long for Kemp or Bennett or Powell, just as Democrats spent the eighties wishing that Cuomo or Bradley had made the race.
We must remember that few players of the Evil Eighties escaped with their net worths intact.
The three day event takes place on August 28, 29 and 30 with a lineup of stars including Gloria Gaynor, Level 42, Heaven 17, Midge Ure and iconic Eighties music icon Rick Astley.
Is it also true that the Eighties were Everton's most successful period?
But then the Eighties are now a distant enough memory for the sight of a a gold lame suit or a frilly shirt to stir up memories of nostalgia.
THE ULTIMATE in opulent Eighties furniture goes on sale today - a three piece suite made from car seats.
Naturally enough, given the gestalt of the nineties she sees him (and by extension, herself) as a victim of tFfe eighties. (There is actually a character called Thyades--the eighties, get it?--which gives you some notion of the intellectual content of this piece.) But where Milken went to jail, Armitage went to Florence (some exile!), whence come these two hours and twenty minutes of entrepreneurial solipsism.