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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BETYDE, BETIDE, v., tr. and intr. [bɪ′təid]

1. tr. To help.Sc.(E) 1871 P. H. Waddell Psalms xlvi. 5:
God sal betyde her or blink o' day.

2. intr. To fare.Abd.1 1929:
Them that wytes weel betides weel, ye got a good wife in the tail en' o' the day.

[The earliest form of the proverb in 2. is Weill bydes. weill betydes, a.1598.]

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