bat an eyelid

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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 apart from the odd second glance, the people of Gateshead didn't bat an eyelid.
So in the end when a woman comes in to audition with an iguana on her head, we didn't bat an eyelid.
He's such a star; he's so laid-back he didn't bat an eyelid in all the festivities afterwards.
Sarah, 25, said: "Most of our customers know what we're like anyway so they didn't bat an eyelid," she said.
ROBBIE Williams didn't bat an eyelid when he was asked to put on a wig and bikini bottom to plug a fizzy drink in 1995.
So enthusiastic was his guitar playing during one of the rock anthems that he broke a string, but he didn't bat an eyelid and simply called for a replacement and carried on.
It cost him pounds 360 to charter our boat for half a day but he didn't bat an eyelid.
Despite hiking boots and our dishevelled appearance the staff didn't bat an eyelid.
He didn't bat an eyelid when an old sea dog pulled up a chairto relate HIS stories of working in boatyards.
But she didn't bat an eyelid about booking herself in for beauty treatments at the hotel.
I wheeled my wheelchair right up to him and he didn't bat an eyelid.
She didn't bat an eyelid at the Ulsterman of Estonian extraction's unusual name.
FOOTBALL fans will do almost anything for the beautiful game, so when friends Michael Sulley and Alex Kenealy told their parents they were going to queue all night for tickets to the next Wales international, they didn't bat an eyelid.
Clare, a website designer, who designed the new website for the Retired Greyhound Trust, added: "As for our other pets, Mandy didn't bat an eyelid, she just wasn't interested.