believe (one's) ears

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believe (one's) ears

To trust or have faith in something that one has heard. Well, believe your ears because I did get that big promotion!
See also: believe, ear
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

believe one's ears

Also, believe one's eyes. Trust one's own hearing or sight, as in We couldn't believe our ears when we heard that Gene was accepted at Stanford, or I couldn't believe my own eyes when the movie stars walked in. This expression of incredulity is nearly always stated negatively, as in the examples. [Early 1600s]
See also: believe, ear
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

believe (one's) ears

To trust what one has heard.
See also: believe, ear
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I could hardly believe my ears. What was coming over the man?
I could hardly believe my ears; still I knew that it was treachery, all treachery; and the morning I should never see.
For a moment or two I sat breathless, hardly able to believe my ears. Then my senses and my voice came back to me, while a crushing weight of responsibility seemed in an instant to be lifted from my soul.
I could not believe my ears. Slowly I rose and faced the handsome youth.
And then, refusing to believe my ears, but already boiling with indignation, I ran out of the cabin and up on deck.
That was truly shocking and I couldn't believe my ears," Gait said.
"When I finally got myself together to ring the shop and sort out the balance, I couldn't believe my ears."
When I got a call from the shopping mall the next day to inform me that I've won, I couldn't believe my ears. I am so happy and feel blessed to have won.
I COULDN'T believe my ears when Brexiteer Michael Gove suggested Scotland could control its own immigration policy should we vote to leave the European Union.
Council so cavalier with our money I JUST could not believe my ears this week when I heard that Cardiff council proposes writing off PS4m worth of debt owed by Glamorgan Cricket Club.
I could not believe my ears when I went in to buy my usual 20 cigarettes.
When my work was complete and it was time for me to leave, I couldn't believe my ears as the lecturer told me of the plans to close this beautiful educational building, and that everything was to be moved over to Dewsbury.
I could not believe my ears when I was told from the education authority that it had been suggested that the school withdraw from me using it as a venue as it would make the school look bad and people will think they have a knife problem.
I COULDN'T believe my ears this morning when I heard on the radio that a road safety charity is suggesting older drivers should be banned from motorways and dual carriageways.
I couldn't believe my ears to hear Tom Slemen on air with Billy, telling fascinating and often scary tales of the supernatural.