lo and behold

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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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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I was watching to see where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon from the bed corner, slips out the long wooden stock, unsheathes the head, whets it a little on his boot, and striding up to the bit of mirror against the wall, begins a vigorous scraping, or rather harpooning of his cheeks.
and as for that sheet they made the rag ladder out of, ther' ain't no telling how many times they DIDN'T steal that; and flour, and candles, and candlesticks, and spoons, and the old warming-pan, and most a thousand things that I disremember now, and my new calico dress; and me and Silas and my Sid and Tom on the constant watch day AND night, as I was a-telling you, and not a one of us could catch hide nor hair nor sight nor sound of them; and here at the last minute, lo and behold you, they slides right in under our noses and fools us, and not only fools US but the Injun Terri- tory robbers too, and actuly gets AWAY with that nigger safe and sound, and that with sixteen men and twenty- two dogs right on their very heels at that very time
Here I go over to Se- reny Harper, like an old softy, expecting I'm going to make her believe all that rubbage about that dream, when lo and behold you she'd found out from Joe that you was over here and heard all the talk we had that night.
She stopped with a little laugh of pleasure, and there, lo and behold, was the robin swaying on a long branch of ivy.
What does he do, but, lo and behold you, he goes into a perfumer's shop, and wants to buy a bottle of the Madagascar Liquid.
But, lo and behold, when I got to the foot of the stairs there was Therese coming down from the upper regions in her nightgown, like a sleep-walker.
So he broke into the 'Tivity Hymm, just as at Christmas carol-singing; when, lo and behold, down went the bull on his bended knees, in his ignorance, just as if
But lo and behold, Mistress Blythe, Henry looks up at me, with those bright old black eyes of his in his wizened face and says, says he, `Tell me something I don't know, Jim Boyd, if you want to give me information.
When he came to the corner of the court in which he lived, lo and behold there was the pony again
A couple of days later I had to go back to the hospital for a check up and, lo and behold, my leg had not been set properly and I had to "suffer" having the plaster removed, my leg broken and reset and then replastered.
Lo and behold, the wallet was on the ground, safe and sound.
They'said it wouldn't rain today so I went out without my brolly Lo and behold I got drenched in a downpour; what a load of folly 'They'said that interest rates would be through the roof by the end of the coming year So I've spent nigh on six months feeling quite anxious and almost living in fear 'They' said that I shouldn't eat 'this and that' and I'm now in quite a tizzy But now 'they' say all is just fine so I'm back on the drinks that are fizzy 'They'say that climate warming is definitely real and we should all seek to play our part But if only they'd stop waffling there'd be less hot air, now that would be a good start So tonight please remember before going to sleep, find a few minutes to pray Ask God to please intercede for you by taking every last one of 'them' all away.
He was given a lenient sentence of eight years in jail and a 10-year driving ban, but lo and behold, judges at the Criminal Appeal Court said the sentence was reduced to just over six years in jail, of which he will do about three years, and a driving ban of only five years.
It is 37 years since the first Star Wars movie hit the screen and lo and behold, there's a new one on the way.
The Reverend Martin Fair, of St Andrew's Church in Arbroath, said: "We are running a service trying to combat and address drug problems in the town and, lo and behold, two doors down we have a new retail outlet selling legal highs.