bat an eye

bat an eye

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 eye when I told her I was moving out. That guy is dangerous. I heard he killed a man without batting an eye.
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So stoked, in fact, that he didn't bat an eye trying to skate the first spot we found: a slippery marble hubba that doubled as a wallride, conveniently located near a beach.
And, interestingly, the guv didn't even bat an eye when his very own millennial commission came out in favor of commuter rail to Nashua a few months back.
In 2017, amidst threats of the creation of a self-serving authority, our military does not bat an eye.
If the husband were 20 years old, no one would bat an eye.
The friendly staff at this traditional pub don't bat an eye at the sight of rain-soaked, mudcovered visitors coming through the doors of their cosy bar in search of a place to take the weight off their feet and refuel.
Sollano, though, said that he won't bat an eye in case the Gilas Pilipinas program comes knocking on his door.
Our starting one (guard) and our starting two (guard) get two fouls before you could bat an eye and it set a tone for the rest of the night.
KUWAIT, Jan 22 (KUNA) -- Probably most people would not bat an eye if they were told that smartphones have invaded almost every aspect of our lives.
MOST of us do not bat an eye nowadays if someone says they are gay.
But the rash decision by Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen has apparently not made the US bat an eye.
John Wick recognises its W strengths and plays to them with wry humour, including an eye-catching turn from Lance Reddick as the Continental hotel's obliging concierge, who doesn't bat an eye at blood spatter on his clientele.
John Wick recognises its strengths and plays to them with wry humour, including an eye-catching turn from Lance Reddick as the Continental hotel's obliging concierge, who doesn't bat an eye at blood spatter on his clientele.
Yet if you worked in the Potteries no-one would bat an eye lid; a saggger is a type of mould used in manufacturing ceramics.
He doesn't bat an eye at that sort of stuff and encourages us to play without shackles, to be free.