bat an eyelash

bat an eyelash

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 eyelash when I told her I was moving out. That guy is dangerous. I heard he killed a man without batting an eyelash.
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One of the best among these is Cleric John Preston (Christian Bale), who is so robotic a true believer he didn't even bat an eyelash when his own wife was executed for feeling something.
Brian Shaw doesn't bat an eyelash when he hears that story.
In an area already known for its unique lifestyle, with houses built on stilts and erected between rock formations in the canyons near Simi Valley, people generally don't bat an eyelash at seeing peafowl wandering around the roads and gravel driveways.
Ten years from now, thermoformers won't bat an eyelash when asked to make a structural part with a seven-layer sheet or reinforced composite material.
The Caribou Club is a place where celebrities feel comfortable in a Christian Dior dress, wrapped in a Fendi fur, and they know no-one is going to bat an eyelash," said Mr Harle Baldwin.
Naima Mora, America's Next Top Model winner, didn't bat an eyelash about participating in the Priceless Gown Project in Baltimore.
Now that he's dead and she is herself a senior citizen, she's written a book, but she doesn't bat an eyelash when she offers her defense on talk shows.
The pretty lady didn't bat an eyelash and pressed on, asking Frazier what he, as a former gold medallist, made of current Olympic champ Audley Harrison's prospects.
No self-respecting kid would bat an eyelash at a vampire bat.
Usually with zombie fiction, characters are killed off by the dozens (or more), and readers barely bat an eyelash.
For another, no one will bat an eyelash if you decide to bring your guitar along or wear a mantilla scarf here.
How many union reps who decry McCarthyism in their classrooms did not bat an eyelash at this clear infringement of freedom of speech?
Things that would have been abhorrent to our Christian ancestors who built this country now barely make anyone bat an eyelash.
When I lecture at a parish, I can say almost anything about Resurrection and they don't bat an eyelash.
If, however, he was avidly watching the macho 1980's flick Top Gun you wouldn't bat an eyelash.