Betide meaning

bĭ-tīd'
To happen to. Used chiefly in the phrase woe betide.
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To take place; befall.
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To happen (to); befall.
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To happen to.
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(intransitive) To happen; to take place; to bechance or befall.
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Origin of betide

  • Middle English bitiden bi- be- tiden to happen (from Old English tīdan tide2)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English betiden, equivalent to be- +‎ tide. Compare Old English tīdan (“to betide”).
    From Wiktionary