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!
See also: believe, eye
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On the contrary his Majesty actually smiled so far as a Dog can smile--and (the other Dogs couldn't believe their eyes, but it was true, all the same) his Majesty wagged his tail!
WE'VE heard of a message in a bottle but beachcombers couldn't believe their eyes yesterday morning when a bottle washed up in Greenock with a woman inside.
One bunch of young ladies couldn't believe their eyes when they got up from their VIP booth to see the lads relaxing with a few beers.
Stunned shoppers couldn't believe their eyes when they saw Bono and Co performing.
Walsh is the only man to have ridden Francis Flood's ten-year-old to victory over fences, and punters who latched on to that probably couldn't believe their eyes when he returned at a tasty 16-1.
Officers invited residents to celebrate the Moon Festival with them but couldn't believe their eyes when an escaped drug dealer called Chen, who had just been listed as one of the city's most wanted criminals, arrived at the party
FIREMEN' couldn't believe their eyes as they roared up to a house in Birminghan.
When Sandra Bullock fell into the arms of hellraiser Jesse James, Hollywood couldn't believe their eyes.
In the morning, he got his own coffee from the self-service set-up by the outdoor fitness center,'' said Paul Horner, GM of the Manele Bay, who says many of the honeymooners couldn't believe their eyes.
SAM Purvis and his brother Bill couldn't believe their eyes when the magical world of Harry Potter turned up - on their doorstep
They couldn't believe their eyes - Fergie was actually smiling.
Even The Willard Room staff couldn't believe their eyes when they stepped onto the Labor Department and onto the "Hollywood" set of the restaurant-it was amazingly accurate.
And passers-by couldn't believe their eyes when they spotted the Aussie actress, alongside co-star Colin Firth.
Mum Jodie Holliday, of Whitby, North Yorks, said: "The doctors couldn't believe their eyes.
Delighted library staff couldn't believe their eyes when "The Enchanted Island" by Nancy Ross turned up weeks after it was reported lost by the woman who borrowed it.
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