One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small grassland plant that has flowers with a yellow disk and white rays. It has given rise to many ornamental garden varieties.
Bellis perennis, family Compositae (or Asteraceae; the daisy family). The plants of this large family (known as composites) are distinguished by having composite flower heads consisting of numerous disk florets, ray florets, or both; they include many weeds (dandelions, thistles, ragworts) and garden flowers (asters, chrysanthemums, dahlias, marigolds)
- ‘There are fields of maize and little plots of white daisies.’
- ‘It must have been full summer, for it was warm enough not to need a coat, and the lawns were thick with white daisies, all impossibly open in the moonlight.’
- ‘There were blue flower boxes beneath each window with lovely little daisies and these pretty yellow flowers that I'd never seen before.’
- ‘Daffodils, wild hyacinths and tulips, snowdrops, bluebells, daisies and buttercups littered the earth.’
- ‘These two plants flower at the same time to give a display of tiny white and large yellow daisies for weeks at the end of the summer.’
- ‘Yellow tulips and white daisies filled that patch, and different kinds of flowers surrounded the rest of the house.’
- ‘She stopped to buy some daisies from the one and only flower vendor, simple white daisies.’
- ‘Bright yellow sage and broom light up the countryside with dustings of white daisies and blue anemones.’
- ‘After the minute's silence, passengers moved to inspect the books of condolence which were placed on a table decorated with a floral arrangement of white roses, daisies and lilies.’
- ‘Yellow and orange calendulas bloom through winter, as will pink and white English daisies and sweet-scented stock.’
- ‘It was one of those warm, humid days best spent at home watching the flowers grow and counting daisies in the grass.’
- ‘They carried flowers - daisies, petunias and roses to leave during the ceremony.’
- ‘He was leading me down a path lined with white daisies and freshly-bloomed hawthorn trees.’
- ‘Big cabbage roses might bloom among white daisies, with a sprinkling of poppies in front.’
- ‘Bryce was holding single flower in his hand - a fresh, white daisy.’
- ‘It was a white daisy with its petals going in a few different ways; some were folding upward, while others were folded to the other side.’
- ‘A wooden sign with the words ‘Ashecroft Bed and Breakfast’ stood in the midst of a mix of white daisies and purple coneflowers.’
- ‘She carried a bouquet of light yellow roses, large daisies, chrysanthemums and blue campanulas.’
- ‘I gave a gasp as Justin came over with a bouquet of yellow and white daisies and a huge smile on his face.’
- ‘Her feet were buried in a lush carpet of grass, with daisies and other flowers sprinkled over it like raindrops.’
- 1.1 Used in names of other plants with flowers similar to the daisy, e.g., Michaelmas daisy, Shasta daisy.
- ‘This side is more like a meadow, dominated by longer grasses and a host of ox-eye daisies.’
- ‘This Shasta daisy, with its double blooms, is truly unique and fun with its fluffy look.’
- ‘The parks department created displays of autumn flowers, including chrysanthemums, Michaelmas daisies, and geraniums.’
(as) fresh as a daisy
Healthy and full of energy.
refreshed, rested, restored, revived, like a new personView synonyms
- ‘Went to bed last night at 1: 30 am and woke up fresh as a daisy at 5 am.’
- ‘I think I look exhausted at the moment but he looked fresh as a daisy.’
- ‘After the coffee, taken without cream or sugar, has done its detoxifying work - which takes 15 minutes - you resume life feeling as fresh as a daisy.’
- ‘I'm back in the UK, and it's half-past midnight and I feel as fresh as a daisy despite only having slept for about half an hour in the last thirty-six…’
- ‘I went to bed really early last night to catch up on sleep, so I woke up feeling as fresh as a daisy for once.’
- ‘CJ was unusually unsteady on her feet, but I was fresh as a daisy.’
- ‘And having got all that out of system I had a great night's sleep last night and am fresh as a daisy today.’
- ‘I was in bed by 8: 30 pm and awoke fresh as a daisy, all recuperated and ready to face the day shift.’
- ‘A lot fitter than many of the younger cyclists, dynamic Dan was said to be as fresh as a daisy when he pulled back into Killarney at the end of the race.’
- ‘Although you probably didn't even notice I was gone, I'm home from my mountain getaway this week, fresh as a daisy from lots of sleep.’
pushing up (the) daisies
informal Dead and buried.
dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed awayView synonyms
- ‘You sure as heck can't take the money with you when you're pushing up the daisies.’
- ‘They want their Olympians to be proud grandparents and not pushing up daisies at 40 when bodies abused by anabolic steroids suffer total organ failure.’
- ‘Told she'd be pushing up the daisies by 2004-10 years on, with two books and a devoted husband, she's still here.’
- ‘And he hasn't done that since May 2002, leading some to speculate that he's injured, plugged into a dialysis machine, or already pushing up the daisies.’
- ‘I think when I'm pushing up daisies, he'll be doing great things.’
- ‘I just hope you two find your peace before I'm pushing up daisies in Gate of Heaven.’
- ‘On this occasion we were told not to grieve because our friend would soon be pushing up the daisies.’
- ‘And all the generals who even thought about a coup are pushing up daisies.’
- ‘If looks could kill, both Jessie and Mrs. Smithers would have been pushing up the daisies.’
- ‘‘All this will be here long after I'm pushing up daisies,’ said the woman who regards herself as a ‘custodian’ of all our food futures.’
Old English dæges ēage ‘day's eye’ (because the flower opens in the morning and closes at night).
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