Wednesday 18 July 2007

Phrase of the Day 120: 'lo and behold'

"Lo and behold"

definition: to call attention to a surprising truth.

(a hle!)

example: "I was in disbelief when I heard about Terry's new car. But he opened the garage and lo and behold there was a blue Corvette."

origin: "Lo" is a word meaning "to call attention to" or "to express surprise".
"Behold" is a word meaning "to gaze upon or observe".
Both words are not well known or frequently used, especially "lo".

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