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Wreath:
cabbage
Give it shoes:
an order to go, a takeaway order. Itís to go. -Synonyms: Go for a walk, Let it walk, On wheels
Shivering Hay:
strawberry gelatin
Marry:
bring items together for cleaning up, i.e. marry the salt and pepper.
Boiled leaves:
tea
Blue-plate special:
a dish of meat, potato, and vegetable served on a plate (usually blue) sectioned in three parts. This can also refer to the daily special.
Clean up the kitchen:
a plate of hash -Synonyms: Sweep the kitchen, Sweepings
Hemorrhage:
tomato ketchup
China:
rice pudding
Eighty-six:
"Do not sell to that customer" or "The kitchen is out of the item ordered". "To remove an item from an order or from the menu". Article 86 of the New York State Liquor Code defines the circumstances in which a bar patron should be refused alcohol or '86ed'. The Soup Kitchen Theory: during the depression of the 1930s, soup kitchens would often make just enough soup for 85 people. If you were next in line after number 85, you were '86ed'. The Eight Feet By Six Feet Theory: A coffin is usually eight feet long and is buried six feet under. Once in your coffin you've been 'eight by sixed', which shortens to '86ed'. Chumley's Theory: Many years ago, Chumley's Restaurant, at 86 Bedford Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, had a custom of throwing rowdy customers out the back door. During Prohibition, Chumley's was a speakeasy owned by Leland Stanford Chumley. When the cops were on the way, someone would shout "86," and they would all exit through the back door.
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