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ups-a-daisy

An exclamation made when encouraging a child to get up after a fall or when lifting a child into the air.

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  • It is difficult to choose which of the numerous variants of the expression to use as the heading of this piece. As with many words that are said to small children, it is more often a spoken term than one that appears in print and this has led to much inconsistency about how it is spelled. In fact, I can't think of a single term that appears in so many different spellings.
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Ups-a-daisy, said the little boy's mom as she lifted him into the air.

Submitted on January 01, 2020

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