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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 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
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Andrew Ing, chief operating officer of The Lo & Behold Group, said: "We are proud of our commitment to corporate social responsibility and responsible consumption, which includes animal welfare in our supply chain.
We are able to behold artistic works that summarize and articulate facets of existence that we can comprehend.
Angus is the Celtic god of love, youth, and beauty who distributes dreams at night and inspires love in all who behold him.
BEHOLD THE Holbrook family: Logan, age 3, Justin, age 14, and their father, Lt.
Let people know you're not just a vision to behold.
This alleged masterpiece of humble "you ain't a homo, you just can't get no pussy" logic both astounds and repulses those that behold it.
Lo and behold, but that the same organization adjudicated an opinion piece which appeared in the Hamilton Spectator, "Same-sex marriage sanctifies hedonism" (Nov.
Prior to your BIBR feature, we have seen ourselves listed in articles, with our media coverage in fragments here and there; but never before in our 15-year modern-day publishing history have we seen ourselves listed as one--our strength and numbers for all to behold.
Toussaint, a pastor of more than twenty years and a senior professor emeritus of Bible exposition, presents Behold the King: A Study of Matthew, a scrutiny of the gospel of Matthew that traces Matthew's thoughts about the foundation of Christianity.
In the beginning stages, the proprietors of Behold Me L.
A vision that does not stop at the conventional boundaries of architecture, but which deliberately transgresses into biological phenomena and those of the universe--a fascinating spectrum to behold.
Spanning a range of styles, from incorporating Native American elements to neo-classical decor to stark simplicity verging on modern art, these dwellings are breathtaking to behold and evoke a variety sentiments connected to different aspects of daily life in the Southwest.
This was a man with a vision who started with nothing and who, through hard work and enterprise, built a family owned company that today is something to behold.
Billy, an engaging and somewhat innocent hero, is hospitalized with wounds that are horrible to behold and impossible to explain.
The exterior," says Bentley, "will be something to behold since it will reflect the sweeping design of the performing arts center with a central spine that supports the architect's signature use of glass and copper.