not believe (one's) ears

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not believe (one's) ears

To be shocked or surprised by what one is hearing or has heard. I can't believe my ears! You're not playing with me, right? I really got the job? Jen didn't believe her ears when she heard her sister say that she was moving to Texas.
See also: believe, ear, not

not believe one's ears

Fig. not believe the news that one has heard. I couldn't believe my ears when Mary said I won the first prize.
See also: believe, ear, not

not believe one's eyes

Fig. not to believe what one is seeing; to be shocked or dumbfounded at what one is seeing. I walked into the room and I couldn't believe my eyes. All the furniture had been stolen! When Jimmy opened his birthday present, he could hardly believe his eyes. Just what he wanted!
See also: believe, eye, not
References in classic literature ?
Conseil could not believe his eyes, and questioned me as to the cause of this strange phenomenon.
He looked at the approaching Frenchmen, and though but a moment before he had been galloping to get at them and hack them to pieces, their proximity now seemed so awful that he could not believe his eyes.
Raoul, peeping from behind the curtain, could not believe his eyes, which showed him nothing.
Villefort could not believe his eyes, -- he could not believe his reason; he dragged himself towards the child's body, and examined it as a lioness contemplates its dead cub.
The prince could not believe his eyes when he beheld the latter, and could not help thinking that something was wrong.
BARACK Obama looked like he could not believe his eyes as he tried on virtual reality glasses yesterday.
It seems Arsene Wenger just could not believe his eyes on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium Arsenal his team faced a shameful defeat to Stoke City with the score 1-0.
Mr Edmonds could not believe his eyes when he realised that he had struck lucky.
The snapper could not believe his eyes as the bears showed off their fancy paw-work.
The 33-year-old said he could not believe his eyes .
In an interview with IC Media, Ran Longzhong, from Chongqing, said that he could not believe his eyes when he saw the rare spectacle, and was happy he had his camera with him.
DAVE Jones could not believe his eyes as his team was hit for six.
Former Royal Naval bomb disposal expert Michael Fellows, 68, who is a regular visitor to Africa, said he could not believe his eyes as up to 30 tourists looked on as the animal was chopped up at the side of the road.
Gunners boss Wenger could not believe his eyes when referee Phil Dowd refused to give what looked like a stonewall spot-kick when Lucas clearly pulled the shirt of Cesc Fabregas in the penalty area.
So Willie could not believe his eyes when he saw their skipper Socrates' post-match routine.