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]


Nearby words

  1. belief,
  2. believability,
  3. believable,
  4. believe,
  5. believe it or not,
  6. believer,
  7. believing,
  8. belike,
  9. belinda,
  10. belisarius

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