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.
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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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Director Mark Meily of the Viva movie "#FBois: Squad Goals" did not bat an eyelash when asked to explain why they insisted on the title despite the widely notorious belief that the "F" there stands for an obscene, four-letter word.
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.
No self-respecting kid would bat an eyelash at a vampire bat.
Usually with zombie fiction, characters are killed off by the dozens (or more), and readers barely bat an eyelash.
For another, no one will bat an eyelash if you decide to bring your guitar along or wear a mantilla scarf here.
How many union reps who decry McCarthyism in their classrooms did not bat an eyelash at this clear infringement of freedom of speech?
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.
If, however, he was avidly watching the macho 1980's flick Top Gun you wouldn't bat an eyelash.
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.
Sure, the Liberty Bell is a must-see and none of the natives will bat an eyelash if you decide to run up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum singing the theme from Rocky.
We wink or bat an eyelash in order to send flirtatious messages to another party.
When I recently related this conversation to North Dakota dairy farmer Man Qual, he didn't bat an eyelash.
Although, come to think of it, the Jerry Springer crowd might not bat an eyelash at these lurid confessions, more conventional audiences will surely flinch.