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woe betide (one)

Unpleasant things will happen to one. And woe betide anyone who tries to ruin my plans!
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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
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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