bat an eyelash

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.
See also: bat, eyelash

not bat an eyelash

To not display even a hint of an emotional response, such as consternation, annoyance, sadness, joy, etc. 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.
See also: bat, eyelash, not
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There are two kinds of people in this world: People who don't bat an eyelash about Ron and Hermione ending up together, and people who lowkey ship Draco and Hermione, not because Draco was never evil, but because Tom Felton played tortured Draco so well that we lay awake at night convinced that an attempted-murderer deserves a redemption arc.
As for his prediction, Roach didn't bat an eyelash in issuing one.
There are many people reading this who wouldn't bat an eyelash if they saw an agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) walking up the driveway to their house or stepping into their local greasy spoon.
Dominating for so long, dynasts no longer bat an eyelash justifying themselves.
When host Lauren Zima pressed on, "You're spoken for right now?" Perry did not bat an eyelash. "Yeah, girl, of course I am!"
Now, six years wiser, I barely bat an eyelash if a negative comment is left on one of my videos.
She didn't bat an eyelash, thinking I was wear- ing the real thing.
Usually with zombie fiction, characters are killed off by the dozens (or more), and readers barely bat an eyelash. Not so with The Enemy.
She asks: "Although containing no reference to sex, drugs or religion, which record was banned by the BBC and withdrawn by Decca, only to have an EMI cover version reach No.1?" Auntie Beeb wouldn't bat an eyelash nowadays.
For another, no one will bat an eyelash if you decide to bring your guitar along or wear a mantilla scarf here.
But the Indians didn't bat an eyelash. Instead, they came out in the bottom of the inning to tie the game on singles by Kim Arsenault and Katie Bonnette, who finished 3 for 3 with two RBIs.
I wouldn't bat an eyelash if it was from California, but Texas of all places?
When I lecture at a parish, I can say almost anything about Resurrection and they don't bat an eyelash. When I touch Christmas, they go into cardiac arrest.
If, however, he was avidly watching the macho 1980's flick Top Gun you wouldn't bat an eyelash. Or should you?
The notary was a friendly Pakistani man who didn't bat an eyelash when he saw that he was notarizing a domestic partnership registration form for two men.