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woe betide (or woe to)

Definition of woe betide or woe to in English:

Used humorously to warn (someone) that they will be in trouble if they do a specified thing: woe betide anyone wearing the wrong colour!
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.
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