woe


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

woe betide (one)

Unpleasant things will happen to one. And woe betide anyone who tries to ruin my plans!
See also: betide, 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.
See also: of, tale, woe

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.
See also: woe

ˌwoe beˈtide somebody

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

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.
See also: woe

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).
See also: woe
References in periodicals archive ?
Woe is I also includes a short bibliography of O'Conner's favorite style and writing resources.
Improsa is headquartered in San Jose, and is well positioned bank in the Costa Rican SME market and an ideal partner for targeting WOE.
In designing a process-oriented WOE, the modality effect needs to be considered; otherwise, the effectiveness of learning from the process-oriented WOE could be moderated by inefficient design of WOE.
The Albion turn their lonely eyes to you, woe, woe, woe
Lloyds TSB, which has dodged the worst of the credit woes, was the exception, climbed to the top of the Footsie risers board, up 3.
The wintry storm Blows bleaK no more on thine unshelter'd form; Thy woes are past; thou restest in the tomb; I pause - and ponder on the days to come.
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.
Woe, woe, thrice woe, just wait and see the effect of the winter when it gets a grip.
Thus, wealth brings the rich nothing but woe because wealth and possessions stand in the way of a person's full access to the reign of God.
r ah s l th n he THER chinn Bru Moo 23, S 17, sh from woe Le B Par A and gir"to an pr Dit lom e ve source said: "Since Ashton's public split, girls have been pretty low.
WOE has also decreased the proportion of equities in its investment portfolio, reducing the exposure to financial market volatility.
This is due as much to Ford's ability to capture the plight of the common man as it is to Henry Fonda's portrayal of Tom Joad, the Okie who has just been released from prison and returns to his family only to find a world of woe.
This action removes the under review status applied to WOE in November 2008, following weakening of the Club's risk-adjusted capitalisation as a result of substantial investment losses and poor underwriting performance.
The ratings of WOE have been placed under review following weakening of the Club's risk-adjusted capitalisation as a result of substantial investment losses and poor anticipated underwriting performance.