It’s true, whether or not you agree, as in Believe it or not, I finally finished painting the house. Originating in the 1800s, this phrase gained currency as the title of a cartoon series begun in 1918 by Robert Ripley and continuing to run in American newspapers long after his death in 1949. Each drawing presented a strange but supposedly true phenomenon, such as a two-headed chicken.
- 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 […]
- Believe you me!
believe you me!
- Belize city
Formerly British Honduras. a parliamentary democracy in N Central America: a former British crown colony; gained independence 1981. 8867 sq. mi. (22,966 sq. km). Capital: Belmopan. Also called Belize City. a seaport in and the main city of Belize. a river flowing NE through Belize to the Gulf of Honduras. 180 miles (290 km) long. […]
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