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Alack-a-day

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • interj Alack-a-day a-lak′-a-dā (rare) an exclamation of sadness.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Interj. ah, lak (Lack), and Day.

Usage

In literature:

The country, the house and the grounds are, as I have said, divine; but, alack-a-day!
"The Life of Charlotte Bronte - Volume 1" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Alack-a-day, the good Lord Luigi reigns not here in these sad times.
"The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Why, this it is that makes every one be thought of alike: And, alack-a-day!
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
But alas and alack-a-day!
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
But alas and alack a day!
"Stage Confidences" by Clara Morris
Alack-a-day; we're as hungry as hawks.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
But alack, and alas-a-day!
"Uncle Wiggily's Travels" by Howard R. Garis
And alack-a-day That I gazed in the eyes of beauty.
"Biltmore Oswald" by J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
But alas and alack-a-day!
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
The story was too true a one; but, alack-a-day, it was now over late to repent!
"The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith" by D. M. Moir
I entered, accordingly, upon what I thought a very promising course of appalling reading; but, alack and well-a-day!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
But alas and alack-a-day!
"Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail" by Howard R. Garis
Alack-a-day, sir, I never killed any man, but a carrier's horse once.
"The Constant Couple" by George Farquhar
Alack and well a-day.
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
But alack and well-a-day!
"The Adventurous Simplicissimus being the description of the Life of a Strange vagabond named Melchior Sternfels von Fuchshaim" by Hans Jacob Christoph von Grimmelshausen
Alack-a-day, no, your honour, I am poor Spado.
"The Castle of Andalusia" by John O'Keeffe
Alack a day, brother Nautilus, this is a mere lizard, an eft, a shrimp to mine.
"Three Hours after Marriage" by John Gay
Alack-a-day, Child, the Church often contradicts our Senses.
"The Old Debauchees. A Comedy (1732)" by Henry Fielding
Frank wanted to restore my health by tonics, and my hearing by oil of almonds; but, alack a-day, this was not to be!
"Life of Beethoven" by Anton Schindler
Ah, woe is me; woe, woe is me; Alack and well-a-day!
"English Songs and Ballads" by Various
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In poetry:

Ala Alack! and well-a-day!
My case would then be dour and sad,
Likewise distressing, dismal, gray,
Pathetic, mournful, dreary, bad.
"To A Thesaurus" by Franklin Pierce Adams
"ALACK-A-DEY, famished I feel;
Oh, good little TOOTLE-TUM-TEH,
Where on earth shall I look for a meal?
For I haven't no dinner to-day! -
Not a morsel of dinner to-day!
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Alack, it was I who leaped at the sun
To give it my loving friends to keep!
Nought man could do, have I left undone:
And you see my harvest, what I reap
This very day, now a year is run.
"The Patriot" by Robert Browning
For my distracted mind,
What comfort can I find;
O best of grannams! thou art dead and gone,
And I am left behind to weep and moan,
To sing thy dirge in sad and funeral lay,
Oh! woe is me! alack! and well a-day!
"Burlesque Ode" by Tobias Smollett
The Paroo may be quickly crossed - the Eulo Common's bare;
And, anyhow, it isn't wise, old man! to dally there.
Alack-a-day! far wiser men than you and I succumb
To woman's wiles, and potency of Queensland wayside rum.
"West" by Harry Breaker Morant
If, some day, you should find me, cold and stark -
If you should stumble o'er my lifeless clay
In some still thoroughfare or public park
And sadly say:
"Alack, and had he lived, as like as not
He'd reigned with Bent!" I should not care a jot.
"The Alternative - 1908" by C J Dennis