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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

ˌwoe beˈtide somebody

(formal or humorous) there will be trouble for somebody: Woe betide anyone who arrives late!
See also: betide, somebody, 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).
See also: betide, woe
References in classic literature ?
Tarzan will go again to Opar before the next rains and if harm has befallen La, woe betide Cadj, the High Priest.
Ere this wedding be wrought, woe betide thee," he cried.
l,'' said Prince John to his attendants, but not in direct reply, ``I will see how he can draw his own; and woe betide him unless his skill should prove some apology for his insolence
If your worship knew that," returned Sancho- "woe betide me and all my kindred
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Betide may be the only verb of English which appears in the subjunctive more than in the indicative.