woe to/betide

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of woe to/betide

old-fashioned
used as a warning that there will be trouble if someone does something specified
  • Woe betide anyone who enters here!
  • Woe to any student who is late for her class.

Word by Word Definitions

woe play
  1. used to express grief, regret, or distress

  1. : a condition of deep suffering from misfortune, affliction, or grief

  2. : ruinous trouble : calamity, affliction

betide play
  1. : to happen especially as if by fate

  2. : to happen to : befall


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