woe betide

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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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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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Woe betide wealth-creators in Wales if Wales had control over income tax.
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We moaned and groaned but woe betide us if we didn't do our share.
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They equate socialism with goodness and woe betide anyone who disagrees with them.
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Woe betide the chef who set before him what His Highness did not deem a dainty dish.