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Monday, April 01, 2013

Definitions for ha-ha

  1. sunk fence.

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Citations for ha-ha
After sitting a little while Miss Crawford was up again. "I must move," said she; "resting fatigues me. I have looked across the ha-ha till I am weary. I must go and look through that iron gate at the same view, without being able to see it so well." Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1851
He wondered from which window Hamilton Rowan had thrown his hat on the ha-ha and had there been flowerbeds at that time under the windows. James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, 1916
Origin of ha-ha
Ha-ha comes from the French ha!, a common exclamation of surprise. Because ha-has are designed to be difficult to see, people would shout in surprise upon stumbling into them.
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