from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- interj. An exclamation expressing sorrow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An exclamation expressive of regret or sorrow. Also written alack the day.
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"The lady all unready, alackaday!" put in the Honourable Isabel, from behind a fan to hide imaginary blushes.
Editors nowadays were often surprised in their sanctums by committees of three from some pestiferous unwomanly club or other, and they had not come, alackaday, to have their handkerchiefs picked up with courtly speeches, graced with an apt quotation from "Maud."
Its reduction to absurdity may be found (alackaday!) in _Fors Clavigera_ for June 1, 1874.
But, alackaday! there are no more wise men left to us, like good Father
But alas and alackaday for the instability of youthful affection!
Dammit, gonna need a volunteer drag queen ... yes, my brain is frantically scrabbling around trying to find things that might be more itneresting than the ending of All the Windwracked Stars.) (Which is what I need to go work on right now, alackaday.)
We’ve raved about the what it was and how it came to pass that we agreed or disagreed with authored words, sought agreement or dispersed our discontent but hear me out – the theme, alackaday, is just a trite and weary conversation piece – and nothing less.
"Alas! and likewise alackaday (which is an approximately synonymous expression)!
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