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daisy chain

1. noun Literally, a series of interwoven daisies, such as may be used for a garland. The children all wove little daisy chains to wear to the Midsummer pageant.
2. noun Any series of interconnected events, experiences, happenings, or things. Our lives, which seem so enclosed unto themselves, are really complex daisy chains of the interactions we have with people from the day we are born until the day we die.
3. noun In commerce, a series of securities transactions between companies intended to give the appearance of heavy active trading, thus attracting investors at an inflated price. The three CEOs were found guilty of colluding to form a daisy chain, but not before they had swindled investors out of millions.
4. noun slang A group of three or more people engaged in simultaneous oral sexual activity.
5. verb Of computers or their components, to connect or link together in a series so as to form a shared network. (Sometimes hyphenated.) Our wireless Internet had a terrible connection on the second floor, so we daisy chained a second router to the main one downstairs. When the Internet went down, I had to daisy chain several laptops to my PC to access its files for the meeting.
See also: chain, daisy

be (as) fresh as a daisy

To be eager and enthusiastic, typically after some refreshing activity. After getting some sleep, I was as fresh as a daisy. Now that I've showered, I'm fresh as a daisy!
See also: daisy, fresh

be pushing up (the) daisies

slang To be dead. This phrase alludes to one having been buried underground. I'll be pushing up the daisies long before taxes in our city go down. You'll be pushing up daisies when mom finds out that you dented her brand-new car.
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pushing up (the) daisies

slang Deceased. This phrase alludes to one having been buried underground, with daisies growing over one's burial plot. I'll be pushing up the daisies long before the price of property goes down in our city. You'll be pushing up daisies when Mom finds out that you dented her brand-new car.
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push up (the) daisies

slang To be deceased. This phrase alludes to one having been buried underground, with daisies growing over one's burial plot. I'll be pushing up daisies long before the price of property goes down in our city. You'll be pushing up the daisies when Mom finds out that you dented her brand-new car.
See also: daisy, push, up

(as) fresh as a daisy

1. Eager and enthusiastic, typically after some refreshing activity. After getting some sleep, I was as fresh as a daisy. Now that I've showered, I'm fresh as a daisy!
2. Very clean and tidy or well-kept. A new coat of paint will have this place looking as fresh as a daisy.
See also: daisy, fresh

*fresh as a daisy

Cliché very fresh; [of a person] always alert and ready to go. (*Also: as ~.) How can you be fresh as a daisy so early in the morning? I always feel fresh as a daisy after a shower.
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pushing up (the) daisies

Fig. dead and buried. (Usually in the future tense.) I'll be pushing up daisies before this problem is solved. If you talk to me like that again, you'll be pushing up the daisies.
See also: daisy, pushing, up

daisy chain

1. A series of connected events, activities, or experiences. For example, The daisy chain of lectures on art history encompassed the last 200 years. This metaphorical term alludes to a string of the flowers linked together. [Mid-1800s]
2. A line or circle of three or more persons engaged in simultaneous sexual activity. For example, A high-class call girl, she drew the line at daisy chains. [ Vulgar slang; 1920s]
3. A series of securities transactions intended to give the impression of active trading so as to drive up the price. For example, The SEC is on the alert for unscrupulous brokers who are engaging in daisy chains. [1980s]
See also: chain, daisy

fresh as a daisy

Well rested, energetic, as in I'm finally over my jet lag and feel fresh as a daisy. This simile may allude to the fact that a daisy's petals fold at night and open in the morning. [Late 1700s]
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push up daisies

Be dead and buried, as in There is a cemetery full of heroes pushing up daisies. This slangy expression, alluding to flowers growing over a grave, was first recorded about 1918, in one of Wilfred Owen's poems about World War I.
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be pushing up the daisies

If someone is pushing up the daisies, they are dead. Instead of pushing up the daisies, he is still among the living, grey whiskers and all. Note: This expression is used humorously.
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fresh as a daisy

1. If someone is as fresh as a daisy, they are full of energy and not at all tired. Once you've done some stretching exercises, you will be as fresh as a daisy again.
2. If something is as fresh as a daisy, it is very fresh, clean and bright. Choose a Victorian-style bed and use linen to make it look as fresh as a daisy.
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fresh as a daisy

very bright and cheerful. informal
This expression alludes to a daisy reopening its petals in the early morning or to its welcome appearance in springtime. The freshness of daisies has been a literary commonplace since at least the late 14th century, when it was used by Chaucer.
See also: daisy, fresh

pushing up the daisies

dead and buried. informal
This phrase, a humorous early 20th-century euphemism, is now the most frequently used of several daisy-related expressions for being in the grave. Other idioms include under the daisies and turn your toes up to the daisies , both dating from the mid 19th century.
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(as) fresh as a ˈdaisy

lively or clean and neat: Even when it’s so hot, she looks as fresh as a daisy. How does she do it?
See also: daisy, fresh

be ˌpushing up (the) ˈdaisies

(old-fashioned, humorous) be dead and in a grave: I’ll be pushing up daisies by the time that happens.
A daisy is a small white flower that often grows in grass.
See also: daisy, pushing, up

(as) fresh as a daisy

mod. someone who is always alert and ready to go. How can you be fresh as a daisy so early in the morning?
See also: daisy, fresh

fresh as a daisy

verb
See also: daisy, fresh

daisy

n. an excellent thing. (see also doosie.) I want a daisy of a haircut. Something unusual with bangs or something.

pushing up daisies

mod. dead and buried. (Folksy. Usually in the future tense.) I’ll be pushing up daisies before this problem is solved.
See also: daisy, pushing, up

push up daisies

Slang
To be dead and buried: a cemetery of heroes pushing up daisies.
See also: daisy, push, up
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Ms Jackson was left distraught and was last night awaiting surgery after suffering injuries to her hand as she tried to free Daisy from the dog's jaws.
Dappled deer dance delightfully down daisy demesnes.
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