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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.
See also: behold, joy

a marvel to behold

A person or thing that is particularly spectacular, wondrous, or exhilarating to witness. They're trapeze act is a marvel to behold—I can't believe that they do their routine without a safety net! It's easy to forget that the technology we take for granted today would be a marvel to behold just a few years ago.
See also: behold, marvel

a sight to behold

cliché 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.
See also: and, behold, lo
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: and, lo

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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What the disciples beheld on the mountaintop was what psychologists of religion call a "peak experience." It was a moment when they understood the truth of who Jesus was for them in a way that was deeper than words could express.
Beheld, two mighty monolithic tracks of atrocity that clock in at 66 minutes.
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.
The motto, first adopted by Ohio in 1959, was inspired by a New Testament quote from Matthew 19:26, which reads, "But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God, all things are possible."
And to see revelation in the truism that testosterone and estrogen produce differences in men and women is like seeing the Virgin Mary in a New Jersey backyard: It reveals more about the faith of the beholder than about the vision beheld.
It is also by any fair standard an impressive and resonant treatment of several large cultural themes, some of which are well detailed as follows (IO): The Faerie Queene develops a very large group of episodes about a numinous woman observed, narratives that provoke issues not addressed in Spenser's earliest work: social and gender relations between beholder and beheld, the possibility of consciousness in the observed character, the granting and depiction of the alterity of the observed woman, the nature of desires aroused by vision, the problem of agency or will in vision, the desire for hiddenness and its conflict with the drive to see.
The court also found that a prison guard who had a realistic opportunity to step forward and prevent a fellow guard from violating a prisoner's rights through the excessive use of force, hut fails to do so, can beheld liable for an Eighth Amendment violati on.
The motto, first adopted by Ohio in 1959, was inspired by a New Testament quote which reads, "But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God, all things are possible." It appears on some state letterhead and on tax returns.