What is the Meaning of the Expression
to NOT BELIEVE one’s EYES (or EARS)?
This expression can take several forms, such as:
I DON’T BELIEVE MY EYES (or EARS)
I CAN’T BELIEVE MY EYES (or EARS)
I COULDN’T BELIEVE MY EYES (or EARS)
Note: When you change the subject, remember to change the possessive adjective to match.
He couldn’t believe his eyes. / She couldn’t believe her ears.
to be amazed, or shocked, by what you see (or hear)
This can be used for either positive or a negative experiences.
1. He couldn’t believe his eyes! He was witnessing a robbery.
2. The northern lights were so beautiful. We couldn’t believe our eyes!
3. When we heard they were expecting a baby*, we couldn’t believe our ears!
*expecting a baby means the woman is pregnant