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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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References in classic literature ?
He never batted an eye, and I reckon he knew more about the danger than you did.
The oppression has been present for decades and hardly any leadership has batted an eye.
I was serving in a role with a majority male membership, and no one batted an eye.
When I started my course last year none of the teachers batted an eye lid that I was a girl.
The Jungle Book" barely batted an eye at the new competition in its second weekend in release.
The foreman never batted an eye as he quietly sipped his coffee.
Let us remember that the "god'' of all Republicans, President Reagan, gave amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants and no one batted an eye.
I have run along a beach playing keepy-uppy with my saggy boobs and no one has batted an eye lid.
In the front row of Ralph Lauren at New York Fashion Week, she brought her best skinny jeans style, and no one batted an eye.
Hamilton barely batted an eye over suggestions from team supremo Ron Dennis that McLaren are investigating their driver options and that the climate had changed from the one that forced them to open their purse strings last time round.
Palin hardly batted an eye until told, at the end, that she had been "pranked.
I work with one of the largest firms in town and not one attorney has batted an eye at my $125/hr fee.
PITTSBURGH -- No one in the Dodgers organization batted an eye when Chin-hui Tsao recently came down with a sudden right shoulder strain, landing him on the disabled list.
Meanwhile, no one has batted an eye at the proposal to pump billions of tons of carbon dioxide into depleted gas wells and other convenient underground voids.