not believe (one's) ears

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not believe (one's) ears

To be shocked or surprised by what one is hearing or has heard. I can't believe my ears! You're not playing with me, right? I really got the job? Jen didn't believe her ears when she heard her sister say that she was moving to Texas.
See also: believe, ear, not

not believe one's ears

Fig. not believe the news that one has heard. I couldn't believe my ears when Mary said I won the first prize.
See also: believe, ear, not

not believe one's eyes

Fig. not to believe what one is seeing; to be shocked or dumbfounded at what one is seeing. I walked into the room and I couldn't believe my eyes. All the furniture had been stolen! When Jimmy opened his birthday present, he could hardly believe his eyes. Just what he wanted!
See also: believe, eye, not
References in classic literature ?
It was another great fleet; for a moment I could not believe my eyes, but finally I was forced to admit that the most fatal calamity had overtaken the expedition, for the fleet I saw was none other than the fleet of the First Born, that should have been safely bottled up in Omean.
My husband and I rushed to his residence and I could not believe my eyes seeing the lifeless body of my amiable captain,' she lamented.
I could not believe my eyes and to make sure that I am reading it right, I wore my spectacles and read it for the second time
I could not believe my eyes when I read in Wales Online that "First Minister Carwyn Jones has heralded the passage of new Welsh language standards for councils, national parks authorities and Welsh Government - saying they pave the way for bilingualism as the norm in public authorities.
I really could not believe my eyes when I saw Mafco Construction owner Mohamed Shehabi's comment on his workforce's request for three months' wages due to them.
I just received the September issue of Farm Collector and in looking at the table of contents, I could not believe my eyes.
I COULD not believe my eyes when my husband and I went shopping in Tesco's.
All mixed up into the waggon it goes, I could not believe my eyes.
The 26-year-old woman - who did not want to be named - said: "I just could not believe my eyes.
I could not believe my eyes at a recent convention when I came across this book and spoke to the author.
LAST Friday I walked into Broadgate and could not believe my eyes - - I was greeted by the sight of four tubs of garish, tall, red silk tulips.
I watched every slice of the action I could over the three days, and I just could not believe my eyes as that final day's play unfolded in Chicago.
I crossed a bridge over the river Rea and could not believe my eyes at the state of the river bank - overgrown with weeds and debris of all sorts which were slowing the flow of the river.
But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes.