doo·zy or doo·zie (dzē)
n. pl. doo·zies
Something extraordinary, impressive, or unique: a doozy of a hailstorm.
[Probably alteration of DAISY, splendid person or thing (perhaps influenced by the name of Eleonora Duse (1858-1924), Italian actress).]
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