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tale of woe

a sad story; a list of personal problems; an excuse for failing to do something. I listened to her tale of woe without saying anything. This tale of woe that we have all been getting from Kelly is just too much.
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Woe is me!

I am unfortunate.; I am unhappy. (Usually humorous.) Woe is me! I have to work when the rest of the office staff is off. Woe is me. I have the flu and my friends have gone to a party.
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woe betide somebody

also woe be unto somebody
bad things will happen to someone Woe betide anyone who plays Ann's CDs without asking her first. And woe be unto anyone who messes with my desk!
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woe betide somebody

  (humorous)
if you say woe betide the person who does something, you mean that they will be punished or cause trouble for themselves if they do that thing Woe betide anyone who plays Ann's tapes without her permission.
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tale of woe

n. a sad story; a list of personal problems; an excuse for failing to do something. I listened to her tale of woe without saying anything.
See also: of, tale, woe

woe betide (someone)

1. Used to express the wish for someone to experience misfortune.
2. Used as a warning or allusion to negative consequences: "Even though my dad was no farmer, he was a crack shot and a very good hunter&.... woe betide the unwary moose that wandered down from Canada" (Howard Frank Mosher).
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woe is me

Used to lament one's situation or fate.
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woe to (someone)

1. Used to express the wish for someone to experience misfortune.
2. Used as a warning or allusion to negative consequences: "Our sun will be a red giant, and woe to any earthlings who may be around to witness its bloated blush, for the planet on which they stand will likely be vaporized in the expansion" (Natalie Angier).
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upon whose voice a neighing stumbled And the woe, all the woe .
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The wintry storm Blows bleaK no more on thine unshelter'd form; Thy woes are past; thou restest in the tomb; I pause - and ponder on the days to come.
Woe, woe, thrice woe, just wait and see the effect of the winter when it gets a grip.
Thus, wealth brings the rich nothing but woe because wealth and possessions stand in the way of a person's full access to the reign of God.
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