Definition of lo and behold in English:

lo and behold


  • Used to present a new scene, situation, or turn of events, often with the suggestion that although surprising, it could in fact have been predicted.

    ‘you took me out and, lo and behold, I got home to find my house had been ransacked’
    • ‘And lo and behold, it turns out it was exactly a year ago today.’
    • ‘Families and feminists square off in the tax debate over tax fairness - and lo and behold, families are winning.’
    • ‘But lo and behold, he finds himself in court and ordered, under the laws of the land, to increase his prices.’
    • ‘I was walking through Chelsea last night when, lo and behold, I see a laundromat.’
    • ‘Then he went into hip hop and, lo and behold, it turned out fine.’
    • ‘Sometimes other people happen to be championing the artist at the same time, and lo and behold, they get national radio play.’
    • ‘I did what he suggested and lo and behold, I had the power to beat those road monsters.’
    • ‘And lo and behold, I think he's out of the government now, which is a really good thing.’
    • ‘Today though, I decided to call them myself - and lo and behold, they've promised not to send any more stuff to the wrong address.’
    • ‘So she went and turned the TV on, and lo and behold, there he was on television.’