doozy or doozie
- it is something that is unique
- an outstanding formation of some sort
- it is an unusual thing, could relate to being positive or negative, although originally the phrase was meant as a positive.
Also written as 'Doozie'. The phrase is used as a slang more than an idiom.
- It's a doozy of a painting, she is so creative.
- It was a doozy of a ride since the countryside is just so scenic.
- This one was a doozy of a storm, we were stuck in our houses for almost 4 hours.
- It was a doozy of an exam, I must have hardly answered one question correctly.
- These flowers are great and make the room look doozy.
Between the years 1920s and 1930's an automobile known as the 'Duesies' was launched by Fred and August Duesenburg, which brought the word 'Doozy' more into popularity. The noun was already in place by then and being used actively. The origin seems to have come from the 1836 publication of 'The Clockmaker' which described a perfect doll as a real daisy. In 1893, the Italian based actor Eleonora Duse exemplified someone perfect which may have then changed into 'Doozy' by the beginning of the 1900's.