you can't expect (one) to believe (something)

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you can't expect (one) to believe (something)

What you are saying is absolutely ridiculous or wholly unbelievable, and there is no way one will believe it. Try giving a more straightforward excuse as to why you can't come into work today. You can't expect your boss to believe such a bizarre story. A: "I finished my homework, mowed the lawn, did the dishes, and cleaned my room!" B: "In the span of an hour? Ha! You can't really expect me to believe that, can you?"
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You can't expect me to believe that.

 and You don't expect me to believe that.
That is so outrageous that no one could believe it. Bill: My father is running for president. Bob: You can't expect me to believe that. Jane: Everyone in our family has one extra toe. Mary: You don't expect me to believe that!
See also: believe, expect, that, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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