[ uhp-see-dey-zee ]
/ ˈʌp siˈdeɪ zi /
(used, as for reassurance, at the moment of lifting a baby up.)
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British Dictionary definitions for upsy-daisy
/ (ˈʌpsɪˈdeɪzɪ) /
an expression, usually of reassurance, uttered as when someone, esp a child, stumbles or is being lifted up
Word Origin for upsy-daisy
C18 up-a-daisy, irregularly formed from up (adv)
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Word Origin and History for upsy-daisy
1711, up-a-daisy, baby talk extension of up.
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