An idiom combining a pair of terms with similar meaning. The first syllable in each word is like a sigh; las is from Old French meaning weariness; and lack is from Middle English meaning loss.
alack and alas
- Used to express regret or sadness.
- ^ Arsen J. Darnay (October 2, 2010), “Alas and Alack”, in (Please provide the title of the work)