Apparently no one is quite sure what the phrase “you’re a daisy” actually means, or where it originated. I’ve heard there is a record of it being said on a passenger ship in the late 1800s. But the most well known use of the phrase comes from Tombstone, Arizona Territory.
From The Tombstone “Nugget” we learn that during the fight at the O.K. Corral, in 1881, Frank McLaury, badly wounded, crossed Fremont Street pulled his gun down on Doc Holliday saying, “I’ve got you now.” “Blaze away! You’re a daisy if you do,” replied Doc. This shot of McLowry’s passed through Holliday’s pocket, just grazing the skin.
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