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Friday, December 16, 2016

Definitions for hotsy-totsy

  1. Older Slang. about as right as can be; perfect: He always thinks everything is just hotsy-totsy.

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Citations for hotsy-totsy
He and Catherine would patch it up, prosperity might now really be around the corner, it would all turn out hotsy-totsy, and Studs Lonigan would be singing in the bathtub, and singing in the rain, and singing. James T. Farrell, Studs Lonigan, 1932
"Splendid!" said Augustine. "Everything hotsy-totsy now?" "Quite, quite," said the vicar. "As far as I am concerned, completely hotsy-totsy," said the bishop. P. G. Wodehouse, "Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo," Liberty, September 4, 1926
Origin of hotsy-totsy
The term hotsy-totsy first appeared in the 1920s in William (Billy) De Beck’s hugely popular comic strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. De Beck, in addition to coining hotsy-totsy, also coined the terms heebie-jeebies and horsefeathers.