lo and behold


used to express wonder or surprise

Examples of lo and behold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As for Milkman, after 365 practice days, lo and behold, becoming bilingual is at last on the horizon for her. Aneesh Rai, Scientific American, 29 Jan. 2024 So, suddenly Coronado had gone to all this work to become completely White and, lo and behold, here comes this federal housing project. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 May 2024 But lo and behold, at the bus stop, Lopez spots a beautiful hummingbird in the rain. Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 And lo and behold, as of Monday, that model thought New Hampshire was Haley’s best, and Trump’s second-worst, state in the entire country. Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 23 Jan. 2024 So the door opens up for Damian when Bruce gets tricked into going to Nova Scotia, and then, lo and behold, these two criminals break in and crime is back. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Dec. 2023 And lo and behold, new life was breathed into Allende, the visionary prophet of a new order. Ariel Dorfman, The New York Review of Books, 31 Aug. 2023 Over the same 8-bar instrumental, each rapper first freestyled, then performed pre-written verses, and lo and behold, during the freestyles, certain brain regions not typically known to interact were observed working in tandem. Jonathan Rowe, Spin, 19 Sep. 2023 But, lo and behold, the new group more than held its own and housed several would-be collegiate players. Shane Hoffmann | , oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lo and behold was in 1808

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“Lo and behold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lo%20and%20behold. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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