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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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not bat an eyelid

To not display even a hint of an emotional response, such as consternation, annoyance, sadness, joy, etc. 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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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.
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not bat an eyelid

or

not bat an eyelash

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone does not bat an eyelid or does not bat an eyelash when something happens, they do not appear at all shocked or surprised by it. Even when told that a room in the hotel cost £235 per night, he didn't bat an eyelid. I thought Sarah would be embarrassed but she didn't bat an eyelid. This place could have burned to the ground, and he wouldn't have batted an eyelash. Note: You can also say that someone does something without batting an eyelid or without batting an eyelash. Mum would cater for a hundred people without batting an eyelid. Note: The usual American expression is not bat an eye.
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not bat an eyelid (or eye)

show no emotional or other reaction. informal
Bat in this sense is perhaps a dialect and US variant of the verb bate meaning ‘lower or let down’. The variant not blink an eye is also found.
1997 James Ryan Dismantling Mr Doyle She did not bat an eyelid when Eve spelled out the unorthodox details of the accommodation they required.
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not bat an ˈeyelid

(British English) (American English not bat an ˈeye) (informal) not seem surprised, worried, afraid, etc: She didn’t bat an eyelid when they told her she’d lost her job. She just calmly walked out.
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He stood reading silently for nearly five minutes, before continuing giving evidence without batting an eyelid.
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I passed two of these troupes coming in the opposite direction, pushing a cart and chatting happily away to each other and, as I did so, they rolled the cart through a pile of broken glass from a discarded beer bottle without batting an eyelid.
Working in the catering industry you just throw stuff away without batting an eyelid.
But whoever was in charge for the day took the slip and read it and without hesitation went to the till and handed over pounds 225 without batting an eyelid.
President Klaus continued without batting an eyelid, noting in passing that under the Soviet regime his country had been through a "bitter experience" because opposition was impossible.
The includes the Price Commission who apparently let an increase of 50 per cent, go through without batting an eyelid or, I suspect, without carrying out any sort of investigation at all.
Just last night I asked my mother what was television and without batting an eyelid she said 'dust'.
The diamond-encrusted creation cost pounds 6,500 and she was impressed when Hendy-Freegard paid without batting an eyelid.