(one) can't believe (one's) (own) eyes(redirected from couldn't believe own eyes)
(one) can't believe (one's) (own) eyes
One is shocked by or incredulous about what one has just seen. Sometimes used humorously or sarcastically. We couldn't believe our own eyes when the famous movie star walked into our tiny little coffee shop. I can't believe my eyes! You're actually doing the dishes for once?
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believe one's own eyes, one cannot
One finds it hard to trust one’s own perception or senses. This expression of incredulity dates at least from the seventeenth century, and has been a cliché since the late nineteenth century. “Believe it tho’ I saw it myself, I cannot” appeared in Bartholomew Robinson’s Latin and English Adages (1621).
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