Meaning of daisy-cutter in English:



  • 1British (in sport) a ball hit or bowled so as to roll along the ground.

    • ‘he delivered a left-foot daisy-cutter into the far bottom corner’
    • ‘Some of us can recall when a daisy-cutter was a small, red ball skipping low across the turf, rather than a large black one containing several thousand pounds of penetrative explosives.’
    • ‘Clearly Ricky Ponting's hoping McGrath will produce the sort of daisy-cutter that got Vaughan out in the first innings.’
  • 2An immensely powerful aerial bomb that derives its destructive power from the mixture of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder with air.

    • ‘For the recalcitrants, the hell-on-earth of daisy-cutters, thermobaric bombs and the everlasting half-life of the waste from nuclear detonations.’
    • ‘And the world will not sit idly by while they flatten the region with daisy-cutters and hyperbolic bombs.’
    • ‘In the years to come we may well see far more nightmarish things in our military arsenal than bunker-busters and daisy-cutters.’
    • ‘Otherwise, they might be stationed at sites where they would come down with a case of anthrax or botulism before encountering an American daisy-cutter.’
    • ‘There isn't the heavy equipment to go into those caves, and take down tons of rubble from those daisy-cutter bombs.’


Late 18th century (in the sense ‘a horse that lifts its feet only slightly from the ground’); the bomb is so named because it explodes just above ground level.