Now according to thy dealings with her thou dost merit either the most evil of deaths, or else it may be a reward: hah!
They must have been disturbed in their act of plunder, whoever it was, and—and—hah!
hah,” he added, after the salute, “that was as fresh as the touch of a dewy blossom at early morn.
“hah, look at that, bosun,” cried the carpenter triumphantly.
And from the men of Monitaya sounded one short, subdued "hah!"
The brother only sighed again, as he plodded dreamily along, 'hah!
hah,” shouted the enthusiastic Rénee, “up goes the white flag!
"hah, I thought Jacob would bring them to time," whispered Peter.
"hah, but you do not know what is seething here," replied Manuel, smiting his broad chest.
Say, did she leave this place of her own accord, or was she— hah!
c.1300, natural expression of surprise, distress, etc.; found in most European languages; in Old English, Greek, Latin, Old French as ha ha. A ha-ha (1712), from French, was "an obstacle interrupting one's way sharply and disagreeably;" so called because it "surprizes ... and makes one cry Ah! Ah!" [Alexander Le Blond, "The Theory and Practice of Gardening," 1712].