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woe betide (one)

Unpleasant things will happen to one. And woe betide anyone who tries to ruin my plans!
See also: betide, woe
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ˌwoe beˈtide somebody

(formal or humorous) there will be trouble for somebody: Woe betide anyone who arrives late!
See also: betide, somebody, woe
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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).
See also: betide, woe
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So although betide is not, according to lexical sources, a defective verb, in practice it seems that it prefers to act as one.
Woe betide the scholar surveying the human history of warfare in a mere three hundred pages.
We moaned and groaned but woe betide us if we didn't do our share.
But woe betide anybody who stands in Mary's way as she determinedly delivers ordinary folks' gripes and grievances to the desks of chief executives across the land in an attempt to make them change their ways.
Whitby blocks business - page 11 Woe betide he who dares try to open a new business in Harborne, for Birmingham's poshest suburb is notoriously picky about change.
They equate socialism with goodness and woe betide anyone who disagrees with them.
Woe betide us if ever someone decides that trees have private parts--they'll all be decked out in doilies overnight."
If anyone can find that person Fischer can, but until he does his work and his battle with the bureaucrats will continue--and woe betide anyone who tries to stop him!
Their obsession became official policy on September 20, when President Bush unveiled a report called "The National Security Strategy of the United States." It says, "We will not hesitate to act alone, if necessary, to exercise our right of self-defense by acting preemptively." This doctrine says the United States will defend "our interests at home and abroad by identifying and destroying the threat before it reaches our borders." And woe betide any nation that tries to compete with the United States militarily.
Woe betide the chef who set before him what His Highness did not deem a dainty dish.
And woe betide the employer who hints to a lower-level worker that he might get ahead faster if he availed himself of that good old American tradition, the accent-reduction course.
And woe betide the reactionary master who confused customary right with privilege.
But the further implication--woe betide the president who ignores Kevin Phillips--is superfluous, because we now have, for perhaps the first time in our history, a president who can absolutely be counted on to read and assimilate the message of any new book on public affairs that gets even a fraction of the attention that is sure to come to Boiling Point.
I'm sure West Ham fans will be up for it on Monday night and I expect Bilic to get off the mark this season because woe betide him if he doesn't.