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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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At first I could not believe my eyes. I thought it was some trick of the moonlight, some weird effect of shadow, but I kept looking, and it could be no delusion.
It was another great fleet; for a moment I could not believe my eyes, but finally I was forced to admit that the most fatal calamity had overtaken the expedition, for the fleet I saw was none other than the fleet of the First Born, that should have been safely bottled up in Omean.
I literally could not believe my eyes. Yet their evidence was more and more conclusive: a very epistle could not have been more characteristic of its sender.
I could not believe my eyes. The change I had gotten from the petrol station was a near perfect specimen.
Everest queues an unbelievable sight I COULD not believe my eyes recently when I saw a photograph of hundreds of people queuing to stand on top of Everest!
I could not believe my eyes, it was only a small, cute wee thing.
"I could not believe my eyes and I was in shock and extremely worried.
He said: "I could not believe my eyes when I opened a tatty old cardboard box to find this gleaming rarity.
My husband and I rushed to his residence and I could not believe my eyes seeing the lifeless body of my amiable captain,' she lamented.
I could not believe my eyes and to make sure that I am reading it right, I wore my spectacles and read it for the second time!
I could not believe my eyes when I read in Wales Online that "First Minister Carwyn Jones has heralded the passage of new Welsh language standards for councils, national parks authorities and Welsh Government - saying they pave the way for bilingualism as the norm in public authorities.
I just received the September issue of Farm Collector and in looking at the table of contents, I could not believe my eyes. A picture there showed a man standing astraddle a moving belt.
I COULD not believe my eyes when my husband and I went shopping in Tesco's.
But I was a little bit puzzled to see our clean, carefully placed newspapers, in the special tray instructed, then lo and behold, along come the lads and dump it all together in our blue bin.All mixed up into the waggon it goes, I could not believe my eyes.
The 26-year-old woman - who did not want to be named - said: "I just could not believe my eyes. I felt so shocked and worried but also guilty because my eight-year-old daughter had been at the playground when it happened and told me there had been a man with a gun.