Woe-betide meaning

(idiomatic, archaic) Bad things will happen to.

Woe betide you if you try that with my sister again!

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Origin of woe-betide

  • Old English loosely translating into modern-day English to mean Let woe rise up against, formerly used to decry a person's actions. Grammatically, it is a phrase in the subjunctive mood.

    From Wiktionary