believe one's ears


Also, believe one's eyes. Trust one's own hearing or sight, as in We couldn't believe our ears when we heard that Gene was accepted at Stanford, or I couldn't believe my own eyes when the movie stars walked in. This expression of incredulity is nearly always stated negatively, as in the examples. [Early 1600s]

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