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 did not altogether believe my eyes. The days that had passed since I left Wellington seemed extraordinary and unusual.
I am still terrified to such a degree that I scarcely believe my eyes. I look around the boat, expecting every moment to see that poor wretch holding between his hands the poniard plunged into his heart."
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?' and Mac pointed to the little Amazon pelting down the hill at such a rate.
At first I could not believe my eyes. I thought it was some trick of the moonlight, some weird effect of shadow, but I kept looking, and it could be no delusion.
I looked with real admiration at this room, so ingeniously fitted up, and I could scarcely believe my eyes.
I could not believe my eyes. I am excited to find it."
"I couldn't believe my eyes, I'm glad I'd just had my eyes tested.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that, when the transfer window closed, Sunderland had spent only PS1.25m.
"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. A picture there showed a man standing astraddle a moving belt.
I WATCH Emmerdale every night and I cannot believe my eyes.
"I couldn't believe my eyes. I just embraced the young man and collapsed, I had no words, because I was so much in need of that money."
I couldn't believe my eyes, however, when they then replaced all this rubbish back into the grates when they had finished.