Definition of betide in English:


Line breaks: be¦tide
Pronunciation: /bɪˈtʌɪd


[no object] literary
  • 1Happen: I waited with beating heart, not knowing what would betide
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    • A terrific night for the young and young at heart Simon promised he'd be back to Carlow and judging by the wild celebrations of his Carlow fans - woe betide if he isn't!
    • Woe betide if you use flash during a performance - it's off-putting to other audience members and most of all, tot he performers.
    • Well, I'm still scared, but woe betide if I dare admit it out loud.
    happen, occur, take place, come about, transpire, arise, chance; result, ensue, follow, develop, supervene
    North American informal go down
    literary come to pass, befall, bechance
    rare hap, arrive, eventuate
  • 1.1 [with object] Happen to (someone): she was trembling with fear lest worse might betide her
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    • Woe betide the person who doesn't cut back their overhanging vegetation as it severely compromises the safety of tall pedestrians with hats who use a particular footpath to mass.
    • But there is an unnerving element to the intensity of his devotion to the cause, as if those teeth glint with a shark-like quality, and woe betide the person who gets in the way of that hurry.
    • Armed with an exact list of what is to be bought, off we set, and woe betide the person who wanders in front of us as Mistress P beats a direct path to the chosen store.


woe betide

see woe.


Middle English: from be- (as an intensifier) + obsolete tide 'befall', from Old English tīdan 'happen', from tīd (see tide).

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