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Definition of woe noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    woe

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//woʊ//
     
    (old-fashioned or humorous)
     
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  1. 1woes [plural] the troubles and problems that someone has financial woes Thanks for listening to my woes.
  2. 2[uncountable] great unhappiness synonym misery a tale of woe
  3. Idioms
    woe betide somebody, woe to somebody (formal or humorous)
     
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    a phrase that is used to warn someone that there will be trouble for them if they do something or do not do something Woe betide anyone who gets in her way!
    woe is me! exclamation (old use or humorous)
     
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    a phrase that is used to say that you are very unhappy
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: woe