pushing up daisies

Definition of pushing up daisies

informal + humorous
:to be dead
  • We'll all be pushing up daisies by the time the government balances the budget.

Word by Word Definitions

pushing play
  1. : marked by ambition, energy, enterprise, and initiative

  2. : marked by tactless forwardness or officious intrusiveness

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

daisy play daisies
  1. : a composite plant (as of the genera Bellis or Chrysanthemum) having a flower head with well-developed ray flowers usually arranged in one or a few whorls: such as

  2. : a low European herb (Bellis perennis) with white or pink ray flowers —called also English daisy

  3. : a leafy-stemmed perennial herb (Leucanthemum vulgare synonym Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) with long white ray flowers and a yellow disk that was introduced into the U.S. from Europe —called also oxeye daisy


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