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
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The Kop could not believe their eyes after Liverpool totally dominated the game.
The West Brom skipper, like the rest of his international team-mates and manager, could not believe their eyes when Spanish ref Antonio Laos gifted Russia a penalty to to seal a 2-0 Friday night win.
Summary: Stunned primary schoolchildren could not believe their eyes when David Beckham made a surprise appearance at morning assembly.
Evidently Specsavers has been inundated with calls from punters who could not believe their eyes after Maoi Chinn Tire strolled to victory at Wetherby at 200-1.
LSH's attempts to obtain a referee's inspection failed but LSH supporters arriving at Moss Farm could not believe their eyes.
Friends and relatives of a four-member Saudi family and a four-year-old Saudi boy could not believe their eyes when the missing five, who were suspected to be among the dead, turned up, joining their families.
Motorists using the A167 at Chester Moor, near Chester-le- Street, County Durham, could not believe their eyes when they saw the cattle trotting along the road, this morning.
They could not believe their eyes as half-a-dozen dead rodents dropped from ducting at Selfridges.
Warehouse staff at Huyton-based Lombard Shipping and Forwarding Ltd could not believe their eyes when the three Superlambananas were recently delivered to the premises.
They said they could not believe their eyes when they saw their numbers had come up on Sunday July 5.
Tourists on board a pleasure boat in the Lake District of the UK could not believe their eyes when they spotted a red squirrel in the middle of Ullswater.
YOUNG patients could not believe their eyes when one of their favourite Thomas the Tank Engine characters walked into their children's ward.
The driver and the passengers could not believe their eyes when the 3ft California kingsnake slithered up to a bus stop.
But they could not believe their eyes when he repeated the feat with his nine iron 20 minutes later.
The neighbors literally do not believe their eyes that this one might be the same man.