Meaning of “betide” in the English Dictionary

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betideverb [ I or T ]

uk /bɪˈtaɪd/ us /bɪˈtaɪd/ literary

Examples from literature

  • Good betide thee, O King! 
  • Happy the man that hath turned towards them, and woe betide him that hath turned aside. 
  • His parting injunction to them had been, that whatever might betide, 'they should keep together'. 
  • If she ventures to have a heart or a will of her own, woe betide her! 
  • They would all have had to ride home that night, and who could say what might betide them. 

(Definition of “betide” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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