woe betide

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English loosely translating into modern-day English to mean Let woe rise up against, formerly used to decry a person's actions. Grammatically, it is a phrase in the subjunctive mood.

Verb[edit]

woe betide

  1. (idiomatic, archaic) bad things will happen to
    Woe betide you if you try that with my sister again!