not miss a beat

not miss a beat

To not slow down, pause, or lose one's place, especially in spite of a potential distraction or disruption. The boss didn't miss a beat during the meeting when his son-in-law walked in 45 minutes late. You can't fluster my mother. No matter how you try to shock or annoy her, she never misses a beat.
See also: beat, miss, not

not miss a beat

also not skip a beat
to not pause George didn't miss a beat when we asked him what kind of car we should buy for our daughter. Even when she's asked embarrassing questions, she doesn't skip a beat.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form without missing a beat: Ella forgot the words she had memorized but, without missing a beat, she made up new ones.
Etymology: based on the idea of the regular beat of music or the heart
See also: beat, miss, not