Definition of woe betide someone or woe to someone in English:

woe betide someone (or woe to someone)

Used humorously to warn someone that they will be in trouble if they do a specified thing: woe betide anyone wearing the wrong color!
More example sentences
  • And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.
  • But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
  • At another Hotel in Dobrich we were given little slips of paper and woe betide you if you tried to get breakfast without them, not even sight of your room key was enough.
See parent entry: woe

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

More on woe betide someone or woe to someone

Nearby words

Word of the day hubris
Pronunciation: ˈhjuːbrɪs
noun
excessive pride or self-confidence