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"I'm sorry to say...” (4)


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'i'm sorry to say' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

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(Other definitions for alas that I've seen before include "Expression of grief or misfortune" , "Proper, respectable" , "Oh dear!" , "Sad expression" , "More's the pity" .)

I've seen this clue in The Wall Street Journal and the Universal.
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