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The expression That's a doozy or That last step is a doozy (Looney Toons) makes its documented appearance sometime around the late 1800s [source]. English slang has the word daisy in its place years earlier (1830s). This is thought to be the basis for the expression. New York saw the arrival of an actress from Italy with the name Eleonora Duse in the 1890s. She was known for her extraordinarily exceptional talent. Dusey was the spelling used when using the actress as the comparison for excellence [source].
Lastly, the Duesenberg Automobiles and Motors Company released world-renowned cars in the early 1900s. These cars called Duesies added more meaning to the phrase at hand. Some of the cars released by the company were worth millions in today's currency (USD). Now, a connotation concerning a large sacrifice or shelling out is added to the definition.

 

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