betide /bɪˈtʌɪd/


I. verb [no obj.]

‹literary› happen

I waited with beating heart, not knowing what would betide.
2. [with obj.]
‹literary› happen to (someone)

she was trembling with fear lest worse might betide her.
II. phrases

woe betide
see woe.
– origin Middle English: from be- (as an intensifier) + obsolete tide ‘befall’, from Old English tīdan ‘happen’, from tīd (see tide).

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