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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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And if Thomas Shelby's party trick is not batting an eyelash whenever anyone shoves a gun in his face, he's going to get more practice at that tonight.
And without batting an eyelash, he said 'dad, write Charlie Bubbles to Fenway'.
Most candidates are accustomed to answering "softball" questions during the course of a job interview, and most can do so without batting an eyelash.
RoseAleta turned to him without batting an eyelash.
They brought in replacement workers without batting an eyelash and more than once felt the need to remind the union it was their business and they would run it they way they wanted.
The second most memorable thing was the fact that I ate my way through five delicious courses without even batting an eyelash.
I carry this with me at all times," Vicki said, without batting an eyelash.
For all the trouble he's found on the holes in his three visits here, Els could play the ``medicinal purposes'' card without anyone batting an eyelash.