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woe betide (one)
Unpleasant things will happen to one. And woe betide anyone who tries to ruin my plans!
ˌwoe beˈtide somebody(formal or humorous) there will be trouble for somebody: Woe betide anyone who arrives late!
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).