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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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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!- why did you let me taste it?"
Telephone: 029 2087 8444 The Woe Betides, Man Without Country.
Betide may be the only verb of English which appears in the subjunctive more than in the indicative.