upsy daisy

upsy-daisy

[uhp-see-dey-zee]
interjection
(used, as for reassurance, at the moment of lifting a baby up.)
Also, upsa-daisy.


Origin:
1860–65; compare earlier up-a-daisy, dial. up-a-day, perhaps up + (lack)aday, (lack)adaisy; -sy perhaps to be identified with -sy

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upsy-daisy or upsadaisy (ˈʌpsɪˈdeɪzɪ)
 
interj
an expression, usually of reassurance, uttered as when someone, esp a child, stumbles or is being lifted up
 
[C18 up-a-daisy, irregularly formed from up (adv)]
 
upsadaisy or upsadaisy
 
interj
 
[C18 up-a-daisy, irregularly formed from up (adv)]

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upsy-daisy
1711, up-a-daisy, baby talk extension of up.
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