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[dey-zee-kuht-er] /ˈdeɪ ziˌkʌt ər/
Sports Slang. a batted or served ball that skims along near the ground.
Military Slang. an antipersonnel fragmentation bomb.
Origin of daisy-cutter
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for daisy cutter
Historical Examples
  • I have a mare exactly of that kind, and we call her the daisy cutter.

    Geoffery Gambado William Henry Bunbury
  • Thus the daisy cutter and his vagaries became a proverb in Birmingham.

    Geoffery Gambado William Henry Bunbury
  • Merriwell hit it, and sent a "daisy cutter" down into right field, exactly where he wished to place it.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • Stone started it again with a cracking two-bagger, and, when Eliot poked a daisy cutter into right, Ben scored on it.

British Dictionary definitions for daisy cutter

daisy cutter

(soccer) a powerful shot that moves close to the ground
(cricket) a ball bowled, kicked, or hit so that it rolls along the ground
a powerful bomb with a huge blast effect
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Contemporary definitions for daisy cutter

in sports, a ball that skims the ground upon being hit, kicked, or thrown

Word Origin

from its path along the ground

Usage Note

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Slang definitions & phrases for daisy cutter



  1. (also daisy-clipper) A grounder or very low line drive (1866+ Baseball)
  2. A very low tennis shot (1897+ Tennis)
  3. A horse that trots with its hooves near the ground (1791+)
  4. An antipersonnel bomb or mine that ejects shrapnel close to the ground (WWII Army)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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