- to happen to; come to; befall: Woe betide the villain!
- to happen; come to pass: Whatever betides, maintain your courage.
Origin of betide
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Examples from the Web for betide
Once over this and into the guard-house, and we can never be flanked, whatever else betide.In the Valley
Whatever might now betide, her mission was fulfilled, if she once got quietly away.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Betide what might, it was not for Garnache to play the eavesdropper.St. Martin's Summer
Yet are we prepared, with an even mind and a trusting faith, for whatever may betide.Aurelian
But I must get to these Karakorum mountains, whatever may betide.The Diary of a Hunter from the Punjab to the Karakorum Mountains
Augustus Henry Irby
- to happen or happen to; befall (often in the phrase woe betide (someone))
C13: see be-, tide ²
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Word Origin and History for betide
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