well-a-day (int.)
exclamation of grief, sorrow, upset, etc
H5 II.i.34[Hostess to all, of Nym] O well-a-day, Lady, if he be not drawn now!
MW III.iii.93[Mistress Page to Mistress Ford] O well-a-day, Mistress Ford, having an honest man to your husband, to give him such cause of suspicion
Per II.i.22[First Fisherman to others] it grieved my heart to hear what pitiful cries they made to us to help them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves
TN IV.ii.109[Feste to Malvolio, of his being sane] Well-a-day, that you were, sir!
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