suspend (one's) disbelief

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suspend (one's) disbelief

To ignore or look past one's incredulity at the improbability of some piece of fiction, especially a film or video game, in order to better enjoy the experience of the work. I'm more than willing to suspend my disbelief a little for a cheesy action film. I find that I can never really suspend my disbelief when I watch a movie that's crammed full of CGI.
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suspend disbelief

To accept as plausible something one knows to be untrue, especially the setting and plot of a drama or fiction so as to allow the appreciation of art.
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Obviously, we're supposed to suspend our disbelief and try to buy them as a real-life couple but it's a tough sell.
The last thing we need is to suspend our disbelief. For in each instance we do so, we deprive ourselves of the solutions to society's big problems.
Perhaps we should learn to play that game and suspend our disbelief. Perhaps we should realisethatthosepalacesofdreamsare,ultimately, nothing more than castles in the sand.
We have to suspend our disbelief for a scene where a donkey is suspended from a cliff.
Robert Schwentke's fast-paced romp severs sinewy ties to realism early on, and, once we suspend our disbelief, then Red is a lot of fun.
Robert Schwentke's fast-paced romp severs sinewy ties to realism early on and once we suspend our disbelief and embrace the air of preposterousness that blows through every frame, Red is a lot of fun.
Such was the simplicity of Ceefax that this utopian platform for information allowed us to suspend our disbelief and imagine the most wondrous of things.
IF we didn't suspend our disbelief when watching television, there is probably very little of it we'd enjoy.
Franco doesn't look as if he could be Latin love god Marco's dad but it seems we have to suspend our disbelief while watching their storyline unfold.
Accepted begs and pleads for us to suspend our disbelief but as the film unfolds, Bartleby's predicament goes from preposterous to completely implausible.
At a time when so many cinemagoers have become blasA and cynical about the special effects which punctuate so many blockbuster movies, this is a production which forces us to suspend our disbelief and go with the flow, and to accept that magic might just exist after all.
(Svend Age Madsen spins very tall tales but, never fear, we suspend our disbelief and enter his wild world completely, if briefly!) Amon goes on to become a brilliant doctoral candidate, the author of a remarkable thesis.
It means that Ireland's commendable aspiration to ensemble storytelling never quite finds a comfortable level at which we can suspend our disbelief.
We will be asked, nay ordered, to suspend our disbelief and told that Celtic have claimed an impressive scalp and sent a danger signal flashing around Europe.
"Instead of insisting that we suspend our disbelief, this Viola makes us believe that she can almost become a man, even against the increasing urgency of her womanhood" (203).