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.
"Can they be French?" 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. "Who are they?
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.
He stood and gazed and could not believe his eyes: the door, the outer door from the stairs, at which he had not long before waited and rung, was standing unfastened and at least six inches open.
He could not believe his eyes. A thick mist was in them, intershot with sparkling points of light.
Hammer told last night's The Graham Norton Show that he could not believe his eyes when he was handed the script for the movie, which opens in the 1950s, because the man he plays in the biopic is so perfect.
The hunter in White County could not believe his eyes and recorded the rare animal munching the leaves around him.
BARACK Obama looked like he could not believe his eyes as he tried on virtual reality glasses yesterday.
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.