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beyond belief

Inconceivable; outside of the realm of imagination, expectation, or anticipation. I find it simply beyond belief the greed of all these big corporations. That film was amazing, it was actually beyond belief!
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contrary to popular belief

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. Contrary to popular belief, higher taxes end up benefiting people more than lower ones.
See also: belief, contrary, popular

beggar belief

To defy attempts at description; to be difficult or impossible to describe or explain. The spectacular vista at the Grand Canyon beggars belief. My boss's incompetence is astounding. It truly beggars all belief.
See also: beggar, belief

to the best of (one's) knowledge

As far as one is aware; according to one's genuine knowledge or opinion. The shopkeeper assured investigators that, to the best of his knowledge, he had not seen the suspect pass through that morning. To the best of my knowledge, we should be done with the seminar around lunchtime.
See also: knowledge, of

to the best of (one's) belief

As far as one is aware; according to one's genuine knowledge or opinion. The shopkeeper assured investigators that, to the best of his belief, he had not seen the suspect pass through that morning. To the best of my belief, we should be done with the seminar around lunchtime.
See also: belief, of

restore (one's) belief in (someone or something)

To cause someone to trust or have faith in someone or something again. I must say, Richard, this whole situation has made us very wary. It will take some diligent work on your part to restore our belief in you. The success of their recent product has restored investors' belief in the company.
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restore someone's trust in something

 and restore someone's belief in something; restore someone's faith in something
to reinstate someone's belief, faith, trust, etc., in something. I knew that a good performance on the test would restore my parents' belief in me. Her faith was restored in the government.
See also: restore, trust

beggar belief (or description)

be too extraordinary to be believed (or described).
See also: beggar, belief

beggar beˈlief/deˈscription

be too strange and unusual to be believed/described: It beggars belief that no one knew she was stealing money for so long.The sight of him completely covered with mud and oil beggared description.

beyond beˈlief

(in a way that is) too great, difficult, etc. to be believed: Dissatisfaction with the government has grown beyond belief.icy air that was cold beyond belief
See also: belief, beyond

to the best of your beˈlief/ˈknowledge

as far as you know: He never made a will, to the best of my knowledge.
See also: belief, knowledge, of

contrary to popular beˈlief/oˈpinion

although it is not what most people consider to be true: Contrary to popular belief, many cats dislike milk.
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