verb[no object] • literary
- 1Happen: I waited with beating heart, as yet not knowing what would betideMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Happen to (someone): she was trembling with fear lest worse might betide herMore example sentences
- 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.
- see woe.