lo and behold

interjection

Definition of lo and behold

used to express wonder or surprise

First Known Use of lo and behold

1808, in the meaning defined above

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“Lo and behold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lo%20and%20behold. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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