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Photo: Leif Norman

Photo: Leif Norman

Definition: eighty-eight n. A piano. From the number of keys in a full keyboard. 1952: “I’ve been right here poundin’ on the old 88.” – Hoagy Carmichael. Movie, Las Vegas Story.

From the Dictionary of American Slang, Second Edition, published by the Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York, 1975.