couldn't believe (one's) eyes

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couldn't believe (one's) eyes

Was totally shocked or surprised. I couldn't believe my eyes when I came home and found the kids playing catch with my vase. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that my parents had bought me a new car!
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Nobody -- not even Captain MacWhirr, who alone on deck had caught sight of a white line of foam coming on at such a height that he couldn't believe his eyes -nobody was to know the steepness of that sea and the awful depth of the hollow the hurricane had scooped out behind the running wall of water.
But he "couldn't believe his eyes" when he saw the figure of PS4,031,626,711.51 pop up on the till instead of the expected PS9.95.
A Pakistani expatriate living in Dubai, who had not seen his parents in six years, couldn't believe his eyes w Image Credit: Courtsey: GDRFA Ali Al Shouk, Staff Reporter
So Will Vaulks couldn't believe his eyes when old pal David Raven's name appeared on his phone, putting them on a Hampden collision course in the Scottish Cup Final.
A CYCLIST couldn't believe his eyes when he spotted a motorist eating a bowl of cereal and milk in Edinburgh.
While he was casting his net in hopes of catching bait, he pulled up a baby sailfish and couldn't believe his eyes.
ROY MARSH couldn't believe his eyes when workmen tarmacked the road outside his home.
A LITTLE Geordie kid couldn't believe his eyes when he met sporting legend Muhammad Ali right here in Newcastle.
LAND Rover worker Michael Martin couldn't believe his eyes as he headed home from a late shift on one of the hottest nights of the year.
"The inspector couldn't believe his eyes," Mr Firth added.
OMAGH boss Roy McCreadie couldn't believe his eyes when hot-shot Andy Crawford failed to snatch a late winner at Coleraine.
Reginald Bibby read the results of his most-recent survey of religious trends in Canada, he couldn't believe his eyes. He checked and re-checked his figures before admitting to himself, and then to the world in his latest book, that his previous forecasts of the demise of the Christian religion in Canada were dead wrong.
Police Inspector Paul Cannon said he couldn't believe his eyes when firefighters handed over the find.
Roger Bache, head of security at the City Centre Company, couldn't believe his eyes when tall tales reached him of the little people who had taken up residence on the newly planted island close to Holyhead Road.
Young Cahal Guerin, six-year-old son of murdered reporter Veronica Guerin, couldn't believe his eyes when a letter addressed to him arrived at his Co Dublin home.
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