woe to/betide

Definition of woe to/betide


  1. —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

  1. : used to express grief, regret, or distress

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

    :  ruinous trouble :  calamity, affliction

  1. :  to happen especially as if by fate

    :  to happen to :  befall

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