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Meaning of betide

be•tide

Pronunciation: (bi-tīd'), [key]
— v., -tid•ed, -tid•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to happen to; come to; befall: Woe betide the villain!
—v.i.
  1. to happen; come to pass: Whatever betides, maintain your courage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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