not bat an eyelid

not bat an eyelid

 and not bat an eye
Fig. to show no signs of distress even when something bad happens or something shocking is said. Sam didn't bat an eyelid when the mechanic told him how much the car repairs would cost. The pain of the broken arm must have hurt Sally terribly, but she did not bat an eyelid.
See also: bat, eyelid, not

not bat an eyelid

See: not bat an eye
See also: bat, eyelid, not
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NEWCASTLE United may have surprised people when handing unsettled defender Fabricio Coloccini a new deal last summer, but those who know Steve McClaren well did not bat an eyelid.
He said: "FIFA have become so corrupt that Mickey Mouse could be on the shortlist for the Ballon D'Or and the organisation would not bat an eyelid.
And for many reasons: first, the attitude of the (French) government which does not bat an eyelid when one of our finest transportation and logistics companies now operates under the American flag.
And if Thomas Shelby's party trick is to not bat an eyelid when anyone shoves a gun in his face, he's going to get more practice at that tonight.
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.
She felt safe riding Lily, who "did not bat an eyelid at my wheelchair".
So much so, young minds which grow up as witnesses to acts of violence do not bat an eyelid before killing someone.
If Derby County can sell Jacobs for PS200,000 and not bat an eyelid then the danger is that the gap between the upper echelons of the Championship and League One must be huge.
When the green and gold brigade began their protests the owners did not 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.
A heavy smoker who says he likes alcohol in moderate doses, loves an afternoon siesta and does not bat an eyelid when interviewers ask if he dyes his poker-straight brown hair (he does not, he says), some of the reported antics in his party headquarters - where smoking is freely permitted despite a government ban - have become urban legend.
Vijay knew he had to stand like a statue, not bat an eyelid and gently keep squeezing the trigger.
We may not bat an eyelid at the words 'Made in China' on clothing, toys or electrical goods, but how about on a bottle of wine?
You can, for example, get used to the sight of the Sheikh's wayward peacocks perched by the side of the road as you drive by in your flashy Ferrari, not bat an eyelid at the prancing gilt horses, splashing fountains, acres of shining marble, tinkling crystal chandeliers (even a dolphin or two swimming about) at your nearest luxury hotel and begin to develop very high expectations of style and ambience whenever you walk into a mall, a restaurant or a hotel.