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Word of the Day
Saturday, May 26, 2012

Definitions for betide

  1. To happen to; come to; befall.
  2. To happen; come to pass.

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Citations for betide
"Ill luck betide thee, poor damsel," said Sancho, "ill luck betide thee!" Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
"The girls' skirts are measured each week with a dressmaker's rule," she would say, "to see that they conform to the length prescribed. Woe betide any girl whose skirt does not." Hilary Mantel, An Experiment in Love
Origin of betide
Betide stems from the Old English word tide meaning "something that happened." As in besot and belabor, the prefix be- turns the noun into a verb.