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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.


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 cole slaw? Just looking at it is making me nauseous.

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.

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.


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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It may need a little more shoulder padding to make it truly eighties but still, Joan Collins would have loved this sequined La Grana jacket in her 'Dynasty' days.
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.
In spite of endless stories about being the If Not Now-When decades for taking up flying, racing and bungee jumping- the seventies and eighties are mostly gentler decades - full of what wise folks used to call (and perhaps still should call) aging with grace and wisdom.
One of the reasons collectors are homing in on the Eighties is that those ten years were so distinctive," says Miller's Guide editor Madeleine Marsh.
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?
She's been working with Tim Tolkien, great nephew of JRR, to create her outrageous armour plated stage costume for her return to the Eighties.
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.
During the eighties, the total amount of money spent on salaries over $1 million increased by 2,200 percent--50 times the increase for salaries between $20,000 and $50,000.
He further adds that "there is no accelerator as in the Eighties, but there are some nice, stable, solid deals where reasonable returns can be achieved.