believe one's eyes/ears

Definition of believe one's eyes/ears

used in negative statements to indicate being surprised at or upset by something seen or heard
  • I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw what he was wearing.

Word by Word Definitions

believe play
  1. : to have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion : to regard the existence of God as a fact

  2. : to accept something as true, genuine, or real

  3. : to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something

eye play eyes
  1. : a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

  2. : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  3. : the faculty of seeing with eyes

  1. : to fix the eyes on : look at

  2. : contemplate, consider

  3. : to watch or study closely

ear play ears
  1. : the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

  2. : any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

  3. : the external ear of humans and most mammals

  1. : the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

  1. : to form ears in growing


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