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also wal·la  (wä′lä, wŏl′ə)
1. One employed in a particular occupation or activity: a kitchen wallah; rickshaw wallahs.
2. An important person in a particular field or organization: "the Ritz, a favorite haunt of Republican wallahs" (John Robinson).

[From Hindi -vālā, n. suff. indicating the person concerned with an item or engaged in an activity, from Prakrit pāla-, keeper, from Sanskrit pālaḥ, protector, herdsman, from pālayati, he brings across safely (as for example animals at a ford), protects variant of pārayati; see per- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈwɒlə) or


(usually in combination) informal a person involved with or in charge of (a specified thing): the book wallah.
[C18: from Hindi -wālā from Sanskrit pāla protector]
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or wal•la

(ˈwɑ lɑ, -lə)

n., pl. -lahs or -las.
a person employed at or concerned with a particular thing, specified by the preceding word: a ticket wallah.
[1770–80; < Hindi -wālā]
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Noun1.wallah - usually in combination: person in charge of or employed at a particular thing; "a kitchen wallah"; "the book wallah"
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
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[ˈwɒlə] Nhombre m (pej) → tío m, sujeto m
the ice-cream wallahel hombre de los helados
the wallah with the beardél de la barba
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n (dated sl)Typ m (inf)
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He added that Flood Forecasting Division Lahore had predicted that 1,00,000 cusecs to 150,000 cusecs flood relay would pass by the evening or tomorrow noon from Ganda Singh Wala.
'Wala naman tayong nakitang [abnormal] doon, except sa mga series ng patayan, but then kasi kaya sinasabing nag-normal [ang situation] kasi wala nang nababalitaan [na namamatay],' he said.
'These figures are too exorbitant,' IG Wala continued, 'In line with the objectives of the President Muhammadu Buhari's Administration on the fight against corruption, CATBAN demands a report detailing how the 2017 Hajj Operation was conducted to be published immediately.'
'Nadeem Hardware Wala, resident of Lines Area, was killed on Kala Pull and Shabbir Sabzi Wala was murdered at his shop in Lines Area,' said the suspect, Wasi Raza.
The video ended with a question: who will serve him Anday Wala Burger.
Jan 17 Water supply, Kandiwal and Railway road, Jan, 21 Patha Mandi, Industrial state, Iqbal colony, kirana and Muslim bazaar, on Jan 22 Ahmed wala, Baab-e Haram, Eid gah, Gunyawala, Kandiwal and Railway road form 9 am to 1 pm.
So what is the background to the presence of qeema wala naan in the political discourse and why is it that it is associated with one party more than the others?
Wala kang maririnig sa bunganga kong magso-sorry ako sa iyo na wala akong ginagawa."
He said that 5000 people could see flag lowering ceremony with extension of joint cooperation parade Ganda Singh Wala. In the meeting, Minister was also given briefing by the representatives of Communication and Works Department.
Se ha comprobado que los pacientes tratados con arcos preformados presentan mayores cambios postratamiento, en cuanto a las distancias entre coronas clinicas y las referencias de Wala Ridge, cuando se comparan con pacientes a quienes se les conformaron los arcos segun su forma inicial en cada paciente (911).
This study also demonstrated that vernacular name given to the germplasm had association either with the locality of production, ('Basti Nao', a small village near Nawab Pur, Multan, 'Tube Well Wala', plant emerged as chance seedling near salinity reclamation project tube well in Multan) or the name/family name of the land owner ('Syal Wala', 'Makwal Wala', 'Joyan Wala', 'Faiz Kareem') where the chance seedling first emerged and or have some quality characteristics related to popular commercial cultivars ('Late Ratole No 12', 'Sufaid Chaunsa', 'Kala Chaunsa').
Summary: Egyptian singer Isam Karika has filmed a video clip for his new song "Wala Bet Hadad" (You Don't Threaten)