behold


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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 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.
See also: and, behold, lo

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

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

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’.
See also: and, behold, lo

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.”
See also: and, behold, lo
References in periodicals archive ?
Elsewhere in the FX promo video, Constance (Jessica Lange) begins to descend the staircase while asking Madison and Behold to identify themselves.
HSI supports companies like The Lo & Behold Group throughout the world in the implementation of their animal welfare policies by providing technical resources and trainings on cage-free egg production.
"Behold! Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him." What an interesting description.
Implementing agency : Yongin, Gyeonggi-do Office of Education Department of Education behold Middle School
Whether you use it or it's just a kitchen ornament, the iconic Kitchenaid artisan stand mixer is something to behold. It's PS429, www.lakeland.co.uk
The actress woke up in Shanghai, China in a daze to discover that her laptop was stolen at the country's airport and now she's saying she'll do "whatever it takes" to get it back because lo, and behold, there are nude photos of herself saved on it .
We're not exactly sure how to apply that to Brooklyn rockers Behold ...
HOUSTON (CyHAN)- Behold five and a half years worth of full-sun observations from XRT.
Tenor Jonathan Wilby created a breathtaking vulnerability in 'Thy Rebuke' and 'Behold And See'.
"And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:
As we hope eventually to behold creation's testimony to God's divinity and eternal power in the Gulf and all creation ...
Unfortunately, they have left behind what is arguably the ugliest building to be erected in Birmingham in recent years, a legacy which we will all now be able behold for many years to come.
Just to get you in the spirits this Halloween, the band are offering fans a quick peep of their new video for Behold from their third single release, double A side Behold/Dead I Well May Be, filmed at a toothtremblingly haunted former mental asylum.
Lo and behold, Beeula taps the Magic Sceptre three times and says the magic words,"Let everyone know the magic of Halloween" and magic dust brings along candy corn, rose colored glasses, a black cat costume for Pumpkin-Puss, Beeula's Halloween-challenged cat, pumpkin flashlights, trick or treat bags, and a huge black owl named Hootie!
1 : causing marvel : marvelous <It was a sight wonderful to behold.>