• WordNet 3.6
    • v betide become of; happen to "He promised that no harm would befall her","What has become of my children?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Betide To come to pass; to happen; to occur.☞ Shakespeare has used it with of. “What would betide of me ?” "A salve for any sore that may betide ."
    • v. t Betide To happen to; to befall; to come to ; as, woe betide the wanderer. "What will betide the few ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • betide To happen; befall; come to.
    • betide To betoken; signify.
    • betide To come to pass; happen.
    • n betide Hap; fortune.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Betide be-tīd′ to happen to, to befall—in third person, and often impersonally, with dative object, now little used save in phrase, 'woe betide!':
    • v.i Betide be-tīd′ (rare) to betoken
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  • Sir Isaac Newton
    Sir Isaac Newton
    “Yet one thing secures us what ever betide, the scriptures assures us the Lord will provide.”


Woe betide you - This is used to wish that bad things will happen to someone, usually because of their bad behaviour.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bitiden,; pref. bi-, be-, + tiden, fr. AS. tīdan, to happen, fr. tīd, time. See Tide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Tide.


In literature:

It falls with a heavy thud and woe betide the human being or the animal it strikes.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
Now Miss Woodhull's pet economy was lights, and woe betide the luckless inmate of Leslie Manor who needlessly used electricity.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
Woe betide us if they catch us.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
But woe betide man or beast that diverges many feet from the one secure path!
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Bide weel, betide weel.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Well, well, good betide thee, my tall lad.
"The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano" by Ludwig Tieck
They are a law unto themselves, have their own tribunals, officers, fines and punishments and woe betide the member who doesn't submit.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
This regards only the private Gentleman Debtor; but woe betide the Fraudulent Trader!
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 3 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Stay until I return, whate'er betides.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
He was a reckless rider, and woe betide the unfortunate persons who happened to be in his way.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa

In poetry:

Sacred Shepherd! save and guide me:
If I be
Led by Thee,
Harm can ne'er betide me.
"God our Guide" by John Bowring
Soul, be strong, whate'er betide,
God himself is guard and guide,—
With my Father at my side,
Never mind!
"Never Mind!" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And thus whatever fate betide
Of rapture or of pain,
If storm or sun the future hide,
My love is not in vain.
"Quand-Meme" by John Hay
It matters not what be thy lot,
So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine,
Whate'er betide.
"Satisfied" by Mary Baker Eddy
"O wae betide ye, ill woman,
An ill dead may ye die!
That ye woudno open the door to her,
Nor yet woud waken me."
"Love Gregor; Or, The Lass Of Lochroyan" by Andrew Lang
"Oh, haud your tongue, my bonny boy,
For I winna be said nay;
But I will gang that bowr within,
Betide me weal or wae."
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang

In news:

And woe betide anyone who stands in his way.