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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

woe is you

Used to identify or express sympathy with someone's misfortune or suffering. Based on the much more common "woe is me," which appears in the Bible and Shakespeare's Hamlet, the phrase is often used ironically or sarcastically. (If used in a straightforward way, it would sound old-fashioned and melodramatic.) A: "It's just so unfair that I'll have to start paying a higher rate of tax because of this raise." B: "Oh, yeah, woe is you." The legislation is becoming increasingly complex, and with enforcement tightening all the time, woe is you should you fail to familiarize yourself with every letter of the law.
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woe is me

An exclamation of lamentation for one's misfortune. The phrase appears in the Bible (Isaiah 6:5) and Shakespeare's Hamlet (act 3, scene 1), and is typically used ironically or sarcastically. (If used in a straightforward way, it would sound old-fashioned and melodramatic.) A: "So you're annoyed that, because of your raise, you'll have to start paying higher taxes each paycheck?" B: "Yeah, I know, woe is me, right?" "O, woe is me! I have to get up at 8:30 in the morning for my high-paying job!" That's how you sound right now. Oh how the stars themselves conspire against me! My life is beset by all manner of ill fortune! O, woe is me!
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woe to (one)

1. Misfortune or unpleasant consequences await or will happen to one (if something happens). The legislation is becoming increasingly complex, and with enforcement tightening all the time, woe to anyone who fails to familiarize themselves with every letter of the law. All I can do is offer my advice as to the best and safest course of action—woe to you if you decide to ignore it.
2. One deserves great punishment or misfortune. Woe to you, Mr. Smith, for destroying the lives of so many employees and dragging the reputation of a once-mighty company through the mud.
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tale of woe

A story detailing one's personal problems or grievances, especially when used as an excuse for some failure. Mary's been late with three of her last four projects, and she's always got some tale of woe or another ready to justify her tardiness. I try not to sit next to Tom when we go the bar after work. After a beer or two, he invariable starts in on one of his tales of woe.
See also: of, tale, woe

in weal and woe

Both in times of happiness and success and in times of sadness and difficulty. Dean is a devoted friend—you can count on him to be there in weal and woe.
See also: and, weal, woe

tale of woe

a sad story; a list of personal problems; an excuse for failing to do something. I listened to her tale of woe without saying anything. This tale of woe that we have all been getting from Kelly is just too much.
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Woe is me!

I am unfortunate.; I am unhappy. (Usually humorous.) Woe is me! I have to work when the rest of the office staff is off. Woe is me. I have the flu and my friends have gone to a party.
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ˌwoe beˈtide somebody

(formal or humorous) there will be trouble for somebody: Woe betide anyone who arrives late!
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tale of woe

n. a sad story; a list of personal problems; an excuse for failing to do something. I listened to her tale of woe without saying anything.
See also: of, tale, 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

woe is me

Used to lament one's situation or fate.
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woe to (someone)

1. Used to express the wish for someone to experience misfortune.
2. Used as a warning or allusion to negative consequences: "Our sun will be a red giant, and woe to any earthlings who may be around to witness its bloated blush, for the planet on which they stand will likely be vaporized in the expansion" (Natalie Angier).
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Then in darkness when we open our bag of woe The jars would be there just to make sure, That we could still make our own choice; Balance the scales Cry or rejoice I feel there is no choice for me The scales won't balance You see.
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Luke counters the blessings with a series of "woes." "Woe" is an expression of pain or displeasure.
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