Woe betide them - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
woe betide (one) (redirected from woe betide them)
woe betide (one)
Unpleasant things will happen to one. And woe betide anyone who tries to ruin my plans!
ˌwoe beˈtide somebody (formal or humorous) there will be trouble for somebody: Woe betide anyone who arrives late!
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).
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The Government grants them money to dispense in accordance with instructions, and woe betide them
if they step over the mark.
But also woe betide them
if they attempt to slow down the process with a nip/tuck.
Proactive are within their rights to protect their cash cow that comes in the shape of Rooney -but Everton and Moyes are well within their rights to watch every single move Proactive make in Wayne's world,and woe betide them
if they see it going wrong.