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to happen to; come to; befall:
Woe betide the villain!
to happen; come to pass:
Whatever betides, maintain your courage.
Historical Examples

We are standing by for what may betide, with not the faintest idea of what it may be.
World’s War Events, Volume III Various

Once over this and into the guard-house, and we can never be flanked, whatever else betide.
In the Valley Harold Frederic

For he was assured that whatever might betide the others, his own fate was sealed, whether Roccaleone fell or not.
Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini

Whatever might now betide, her mission was fulfilled, if she once got quietly away.
Jennie Baxter, Journalist Robert Barr

Our trio held a council of war an hour ago, and unanimously resolved to remain at the post of honor whatever may betide.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. December, 1877. Various

betide what might, it was not for Garnache to play the eavesdropper.
St. Martin’s Summer Rafael Sabatini

His parting injunction to them had been, that whatever might betide, ‘they should keep together’.
The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine

Whatever might betide, she was safe and sound—a Democratic Rock of Ages.
Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb

When Polycarp wrote, he speaks of them as still living; and he is anxious to know what may yet betide them.
The Ignatian Epistles Entirely Spurious William Dool Killen

Whatever else betide, there has been a change that we cannot determine.
The Treasure of the Humble Maurice Maeterlinck

to happen or happen to; befall (often in the phrase woe betide (someone))

“to happen, befall,” late 12c., from be- + tiden “to happen” (see tide).


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