believe (one's) eyes

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believe (one's) eyes

Believe that whatever one is seeing is real. Often used in the negative, such as "can't believe my eyes." Oh, I can't believe my eyes! Are you really throwing the ball in the house right now? Did you really buy me a new car? I can hardly believe my eyes!
See also: believe, eye

believe (one's) eyes

To trust what one has seen.
See also: believe, eye
References in classic literature ?
I could scarcely believe my eyes, but the truth slowly forced itself upon me--I was looking upon Arizona from the same ledge from which ten years before I had gazed with longing upon Mars.
I am still terrified to such a degree that I scarcely believe my eyes.
I could hardly believe my eyes when I met him in Petersburg just now.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I asked 'Where is Rose?
I looked with real admiration at this room, so ingeniously fitted up, and I could scarcely believe my eyes.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that, when the transfer window closed, Sunderland had spent only PS1.
I couldn't believe my eyes," said, Leon, 23, from Merthyr.
I just received the September issue of Farm Collector and in looking at the table of contents, I could not believe my eyes.
I WATCH Emmerdale every night and I cannot believe my eyes.
I couldn't believe my eyes, however, when they then replaced all this rubbish back into the grates when they had finished.
I COULDN'T believe my eyes when I saw a headline warning of water rationing throughout the summer.
I COULDN'T believe my eyes when I read that the Spice Girls may be performing at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
I COULD not believe my eyes on reading the recent letter from D.
I just could not believe my eyes watching the Juddmonte International.
I COULD not believe my eyes when I read that G J White (Your Say, January 18) suggested that demolishing places such as medieval Spon Street, the Old Cathedral and St Mary's Hall would be an improvement to our city.