woe betide (one)

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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

ˌwoe beˈtide somebody

(formal or humorous) there will be trouble for somebody: Woe betide anyone who arrives late!
See also: betide, somebody, 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
References in classic literature ?
But Dantes cannot remain forever in prison, and one day or other he will leave it, and the day when he comes out, woe betide him who was the cause of his incarceration
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
I see that more than a mere dutiful morning visit to your aunt was in question; and woe betide him, and her too, when it comes to things of consequence, when they are placed in circumstances requiring fortitude and strength of mind, if she have not resolution enough to resist idle interference in such a trifle as this.
I'm sure West Ham fans will be up for it on Monday night and I expect Bilic to get off the mark this season because woe betide him if he doesn't.
Nobody calls Neville Southall anything meaner than 'big-boned' at the moment but woe betide him if a flash Portuguese youngster also named Neville Southall bursts on to the scene.
Penn can threaten Marilyn, break into Summer Bay House, or pick a fight with Palmer, but woe betide him as soon as he dares to threaten the kids - that's just a step too far.
It's his job to pass it on to the next generation - he's merely here for his three score and 10 years and woe betide him if the Chesterfield goes missing on his watch.
It's his job to pass it on to the next generation - he's merely here for his three score and ten years and woe betide him if the Chesterfield goes missing on his watch," says Bonneville.
It became practice to speak to a drunk, advise him of the folly of his behaviour, point him in the right direction for home, and woe betide him if he didn't behave himself.