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a joy to behold

A thing, event, or experience that creates a profound sense of joy or elation in the spectator. The spring flowers in this part of the country are truly a joy to behold. The play was a joy to behold, full of beauty, warmth, and wit.
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a sight to behold

An especially impressive, noteworthy, or remarkable person, event, or thing; something or someone who is very much worth seeing. If you never go anywhere else in your life, make sure you see the Grand Canyon: it's a sight to behold. The new jazz singer is really a sight to behold. She's probably the best we've ever had at the club.
See also: behold, sight

lo and behold

A phrase used to indicate something surprising or unexpected. I'd been searching for my glasses all over the house when, lo and behold, they were on my head the whole time.
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Lo and behold!

Cliché Look here!; Thus! (An expression of surprise.) Lo and behold! There is Fred! He beat us here by taking a shortcut.
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marvel to behold

someone or something quite exciting or wonderful to see. Our new high-definition television is a marvel to behold. Mary's lovely new baby is a marvel to behold.
See also: behold, marvel

ˌlo and beˈhold

(humorous) used when telling a story to introduce somebody’s unexpected appearance: I walked into the restaurant and, lo and behold, there was my boss with his wife.The phrase uses old words that tell you to look at something. It means ‘look and see’.
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What the disciples beheld on the mountaintop was what psychologists of religion call a "peak experience.
And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
Beheld, two mighty monolithic tracks of atrocity that clock in at 66 minutes.
But when Gilbert Stanley Underwood, a 35-year-old Los Angeles architect, beheld the wonders of the Yosemite Valley, he just couldn't help himself.
In an important sense, of course, such a tension marked absorptive painting from the first: The primordial convention (as I have called it elsewhere) that paintings are made to be beheld could not be defeated by French painters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries--only temporarily neutralized, put out of mind.
As with any maple, Acer macrophyllum is a delight to behold in its natural state, and it was certainly in a very natural state when first beheld by Lewis and Clark.
The 2004 event will beheld March 8-11 in Detroit at Cobo Hall.
The court found that the final hearing before revocation of parole, which was held two months after the parolee was taken into custody on a parole violator warrant, was reasonably timely even though a state law required the hearing to beheld within 45 days.
Two 28-hr PLN courses will beheld from March through May.
This year's conference, to beheld at Washington's Madison Hotel, is expected to attract several hundred people.
We beheld a 75-footer that had created a bulb shape at the bottom, because the lower layers of the cliff face are softer and erode faster than those above.
The site he beheld, Spanner says, left him breathless.