woe betide someone


woe betide someone
woe betide someone often humorous phrase
used for warning someone that they will be in trouble if they do a particular thing

That was the rule, and woe betide anyone who ignored it.

Thesaurus: ways of warning or advising someonesynonym
Main entry: woe

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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!


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • woe betide someone — woe betide (someone) humorous if you say woe betide the person who does something, you mean that they will be punished or cause trouble for themselves if they do that thing. Woe betide anyone who plays Ann s tapes without her permission …   New idioms dictionary

  • woe betide someone — ► woe betide someone humorous a person will be in trouble if they do a specified thing. Main Entry: ↑woe …   English terms dictionary

  • woe betide someone — often humorous used for warning someone that they will be in trouble if they do a particular thing That was the rule, and woe betide anyone who ignored it …   English dictionary

  • woe betide someone (or woe to someone) — humorous a person will be in trouble if they do a specified thing. → woe …   English new terms dictionary

  • woe betide — (someone) humorous if you say woe betide the person who does something, you mean that they will be punished or cause trouble for themselves if they do that thing. Woe betide anyone who plays Ann s tapes without her permission …   New idioms dictionary

  • woe betide you — This is used to wish that bad things will happen to someone, usually because of their bad behaviour …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • woe — [ wou ] noun 1. ) woes plural FORMAL problems and worries: economic/financial/political woes to add to someone s woes: To add to their woes, farmers are expecting a wet summer. 2. ) uncount LITERARY a strong feeling of sadness: tales of great woe …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • woe — ► NOUN literary 1) great sorrow or distress. 2) (woes) troubles. ● woe betide someone Cf. ↑woe betide someone ● woe is me! Cf. ↑woe is me! …   English terms dictionary

  • woe — UK [wəʊ] / US [woʊ] noun Word forms woe : singular woe plural woes 1) [uncountable] literary a strong feeling of sadness tales of great woe 2) woes [plural] formal problems and worries economic/financial/political woes to add to someone s woes:… …   English dictionary

  • woe — noun literary 1》 great sorrow or distress. 2》 (woes) troubles. Phrases woe betide someone (or woe to someone) humorous a person will be in trouble if they do a specified thing. woe is me! humorous an exclamation of sorrow or distress. Origin… …   English new terms dictionary