be tide

betide

[bih-tahyd]
verb (used with object), betided, betiding.
1.
to happen to; come to; befall: Woe betide the villain!
verb (used without object), betided, betiding.
2.
to happen; come to pass: Whatever betides, maintain your courage.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English betiden. See be-, tide2

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betide (bɪˈtaɪd)
 
vb
to happen or happen to; befall (often in the phrase woe betide (someone))
 
[C13: see be-, tide²]

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betide
late 12c., from be- + tiden "to happen" (see tide).
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