bat an eyelash

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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 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.
It doesn't matter whether it's a small gathering of friends, or setting the table for family at Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter (their personal favorite), these cooks can pull together a fantastic menu without batting an eyelash.
Without batting an eyelash, her father shot back, "You should have told him it was Omar, the tent-maker