I'll believe it when I see it


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I'll believe it when I see it

I highly doubt that could happen or is the case. The phrase implies that one would need to witness or see proof of such a thing to believe it. The kids said they're finished cleaning the garage, but I'll believe it when I see it. A: "He's actually changed a lot since college. He's very nice now." B: "I'll believe it when I see it."
See also: believe, see

I’ll believe it/that when I see it

(informal) used for expressing doubt that something will happen or be done: ‘He says he’s going to give up smoking.’ ‘I’ll believe that when I see it!’
See also: believe, see, that