verb woe betide you used, especially humorously, to say that someone will be in trouble if they do something: Woe betide anyone who wakes the baby!

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  • Betide — Be*tide (b[ e]*t[imac]d ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Betided}, Obs. {Betid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Betiding}.] [OE. bitiden; pref. bi , be + tiden, fr. AS. t[=i]dan, to happen, fr. t[=i]d time. See {Tide}.] To happen to; to befall; to come to; as, woe… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Betide — Be*tide , v. i. To come to pass; to happen; to occur. [1913 Webster] A salve for any sore that may betide. Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: Shakespeare has used it with of. What would betide of me ? [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • betide — (v.) to happen, befall, late 12c., from BE (Cf. be ) + tiden to happen (see TIDE (Cf. tide)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • betide — befall, *happen, chance, occur, transpire …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • betide — ► VERB literary ▪ happen; befall …   English terms dictionary

  • betide — [bē tīd′, bitīd′] vi., vt. betided, betiding [ME bitiden < be , BE + tiden, happen < OE tidan < tid, time: see TIDE1] to happen (to); befall …   English World dictionary

  • betide — /bəˈtaɪd / (say buh tuyd), /bi / (say bee ) verb (betided, betiding) Archaic –verb (t) 1. to happen to; befall; come to: woe betide the villain! –verb (i) 2. to come to pass. {Middle English betide(n), from be + tiden, Old English tīdan betide} …  

  • betide — verb Date: 12th century intransitive verb to happen especially as if by fate transitive verb to happen to ; befall used chiefly in the phrase woe betide < woe betide our enemies > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • betide — be|tide [bıˈtaıd] v [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: tide to happen (11 19 centuries), from Old English tidan] woe betide sb used to say that someone will be in trouble if they do something often humorous ▪ Woe betide anyone who wakes the baby! …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • betide — [[t]bɪta͟ɪd[/t]] PHRASE: PHR n If you say woe betide anyone who does a particular thing, you mean that something unpleasant will happen to them if they do it. [FORMAL] Woe betide anyone who got in his way …   English dictionary

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