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I read it in a book but can't remember what topic now. Google just brings up a list of place names, but I'm sure it's not that. It's not in my Oxford dictionary either and I'm fairly sure it's not an abbreviation.

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    So if you don't remember the topic and someone points out the meaning of a word that looks similar to arra how will you know if that's the one? I'm curious. – Mari-Lou A Feb 9 '14 at 9:43
  • There are several answers below. Without the context of the word it's pretty difficult to judge which is correct. – tobyink Feb 9 '14 at 10:04
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Might you be thinking of arras?

rich tapestry; tapestry weave; a wall hanging, as a tapestry or similar object; (Theater) a curtain suspended loosely across a stage and used as a backdrop or part of a stage setting. Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English.

  • Could be this, Susan, as I've read a few books on that period of English history. – amanda witt Feb 9 '14 at 10:26
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It is an interjection in Hiberno-English.

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And the citation is from a book called "Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl" by Kate McCafferty:

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The online Oxford English Dictionary has an entry for arrha, defined as:

Earnest-money, a part of the purchase-money given to ratify a contract; figuratively, a pledge.

The first citation is from 1574.

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It is the way they pronounce 'arrow' in Norfolk. Perhaps it's from the writings of Norfolk humourist, Sidney Grapes!

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