bat an eyelid

bat an eyelid

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 eyelid when I told her I was moving out. That guy is dangerous. I heard he killed a man without batting an eyelid.
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But when I turned up with my walking stick after injuring my foot, he didn't bat an eyelid.
Today we don't bat an eyelid at a working woman, and seeing footage of them in army uniform, like these medics in Afghanistan, is nothing out of the ordinary.
In other romantic news, Leanne has gone public with her relationship with Kal, and doesn't bat an eyelid when Nick announces that he's divorcing her.
uk Most people made a felt flower brooch or a little felt bag but I wanted to make a gnome and fair play, Cassie didn't bat an eyelid.
BRAVE Celina-Jayne Boxall, aged just five, did not bat an eyelid when a thug broke into her home and punched her mum.
Try eleagnus ebbingei – a tough evergreen that won't bat an eyelid in a force 9 gale.
Vet Helen Reeve said: "She's really chilled about it and doesn't bat an eyelid at the water.
The reduction might put a few punters off, but the majority probably won't bat an eyelid as long as the 4.
Nobody will bat an eyelid if we win but, by God, they'll bat eyelids if we don't.
You can have the carnage of a tram crash, or a psychotic serial killer like John Stape burying bodies under the factory floor, and nobody will bat an eyelid.
She knows her Michael Tindall, that cauliflowereared rugby bruiser, too well to bat an eyelid at raucous behaviour.
Because they were dressed in costume, they thought no one would bat an eyelid but security were too good," source added.
You could throw a brick at Terry's head and he wouldn't bat an eyelid.
The day may soon dawn when openly gay Conservative councillors emerge from the closets in our town halls -and no one will bat an eyelid.
Fearless folk at Anchor's Tolson Grange Care Home in Dalton did not bat an eyelid when their lounge was overrun with snakes, lizards, rats and cockroaches thanks to a special event by staff from the animal care department at Kirklees College.