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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.
Having a low density of pixels or dots that compose an image, resulting in a poor, unclear image quality. Short for "low resolution"; sometimes styled as "lo-res." I remember how impressed we were when our crappy little flip-screen phones started coming with built-in cameras, but the low-res pictures those things took look positively ancient compared to the brilliant pictures modern smartphones are capable of producing. The defendant's legal team successfully argued that such a low-res image could not be used to reliably identify place him at the scene of the crime without a shadow of a doubt.
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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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low-resand lo-res (ˈloˈrɛz)
mod. poor; unpleasant. (From low resolution in a computer terminal. Compare this with high-res.) The party is lo-res. Let’s cruise.
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lo and behold
What a surprise! Can you believe it! The very old word lo, which means “look” or “see,” today survives only in this tautological imperative, which dates from the mid-nineteenth century and is nearly always used lightly. As Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote (Night and Morning, cited by the OED), “The fair bride was skipping down the middle . . . when lo and behold! the whiskered gentleman advanced.”
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