You’re a daisy if you do is the popular catchphrase of Doc Holliday, frequently quoted even today, and a staple of the movie Tombstone, also famous for popularizing the phrase I’m your huckleberry.
The phrase is attributed to John Henry Holliday, a legendary dentist, gunfighter, and an avid gambler.
He reportedly said an earlier version of the phrase in the gunfight, which he is best known for: the shootout at the O.K. Corral.
In this faceoff, Doc Holliday was challenged by Frank McLaury, who exclaimed “I’ve got you now!” to which Holliday replied “Blaze away! You’re a daisy if you have”.
Over the years, the original phrase morphed into “You’re a daisy if you do”.
“You’re a daisy if you do” was popularized in modern culture by the 1993 movie Tombstone, which revolves around the deeds of its historical protagonist: Doc Holliday (portrayed by Val Kilmer.
During the film, the hero is seen saying the term daisy in situations, where he praises someone, and in one scene which depicts the aforementioned shootout, he says the entire quote, “You’re a daisy if you do”.
The scene served as the inspiration for countless reaction images and GIFs online in the 2000’s and 2010’s, used for expressing appreciation in return for favors.
“You’re a daisy if you do” was first defined on Urban Dictionary on April 30th, 2009.
- Tombstonetraveltips.com – You’re a Daisy If You Do
- Elenasandidge.com – “You’re a daisy if you do!” – A Guide to Doc Holliday Slang