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woe betide definition

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Define the meaning of the English word woe betide below. Woe betide is a verb. Examples of how to use woe betide in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English

Etymology

From Early Modern English woe (great sadness or distress; calamity, trouble) + betide (to happen to, befall), formerly used to decry a person’s actions. Grammatically, it is a term the verb of which is in the subjunctive mood.

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Verb

woe betide

  1. (transitive, idiomatic, humorous or literary) Used to warn someone that trouble will occur if that person does something: bad things will happen to.
    Woe betide you if you try that with my sister again!

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