bat an eye

bat an eye

To display a subtle emotional reaction, such as consternation, annoyance, sadness, joy, etc. Generally used in the negative to denote that the person in question did not display even a hint of an emotional response. Mary didn't even bat an eye when I told her I was moving out. That guy is dangerous. I heard he killed a man without batting an eye.
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not bat an eye/eyelash/eyelid

to not show any shock or surprise 'So what did she say when you told her you were leaving?' 'She didn't bat an eyelid.'
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In a time where there are murmurs about decreasing participation, this kid and his bros are the type that will hear about a new lower three-duck limit and not bat an eye, but instead knuckle down on which are the three coolest drake species they can still kill and focus on when and how to get them.
MOST of us do not bat an eye nowadays if someone says they are gay.
Our leading family goes about their business like anyone else, and Imogene doesn't bat an eye at her son's sexuality.
But the rash decision by Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen has apparently not made the US bat an eye.
John Wick recognises its W strengths and plays to them with wry humour, including an eye-catching turn from Lance Reddick as the Continental hotel's obliging concierge, who doesn't bat an eye at blood spatter on his clientele.
John Wick recognises its strengths and plays to them with wry humour, including an eye-catching turn from Lance Reddick as the Continental hotel's obliging concierge, who doesn't bat an eye at blood spatter on his clientele.
Yet if you worked in the Potteries no-one would bat an eye lid; a saggger is a type of mould used in manufacturing ceramics.
He doesn't bat an eye at that sort of stuff and encourages us to play without shackles, to be free.
Sindh government doesn't bat an eye over the situation while people a suffering and dying of scarcity of food and water.
Jack Nicholson's Jack Torrance, who so memorably stalked the snowy hedge maze of "The Shining,'' wouldn't bat an eye at these drab corridors.
She does not bat an eye and continues to encourage Nick when he holds up two fingers explaining what he is going to do in the men's room.
I didn't bat an eye when offered the eyelash servicesbecause I wanted a new experience and have seen so many women wearing theirfalsies with pride.
While wealthy clients typically don't bat an eye at the thousands of dollars in fees that many investment advisors charge, middle-income Americans bat both eyes, then keep them open wide in astonishment, before running for that door.
Many warias do all this while wearing tight clothes and pancake makeup, and few people in the world's most populous Muslim nation bat an eye.
It has become so common to see the youngsters, usually sporting distinctive gloves and ski goggles, leaping onto the back of underground trains that Moscowvite commuters now barely bat an eye lid.