a soothing excl. offered to a fallen child as one picks them up; a cry for anything about to rise up, e.g., a plane [? the image of plucking a daisy from a lawn].
|Dial. Leeds 442: Upsa daesy! a common ejaculation when a child, in play, is assisted in a spring-leap from the ground.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Last Man Off Wake Island 90: [a pilot] ‘Upsydaisy!’ cried Elrod.|
|Tucker’s People (1944) 326: ‘Upsadaisy,’ said the manager. He put his hands under Wheelock’s arms and lifted him to his feet.|
|Freaky Friday 74: ‘Ups-a-daisy,’ I said, dusting myself off.|