bat (one's) eyelashes

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bat (one's) eyelashes

To flirt with or feign romantic interest in someone, either by literally fluttering one's eyelashes or merely in general. Usually, but not exclusively, refers to women. She kept batting her eyelashes at me each time I talked to her, so I'm thinking of asking her out on a date. I like to bat my eyelashes at bartenders to see if I can get a drink or two for free.
See also: bat, eyelash

ˌbat your ˈeyelashes/ˈeyes

open and close your eyes quickly, in a way that is supposed to be attractive: There’s no use batting your eyelashes at me, young lady!
See also: bat, eye, eyelash
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And we should be wary of presenting kids with too-pat, too-happy conclusions, turning King into a toothless advocate of the colorblind society we've now achieved (or at least come close to achieving, on a legal level) and turning Parks into a woman who ended institutionalized racism (yay!) because, as historian Michael Kammen put it, "amnesia is more likely to be induced by the desire for reconciliation." There's a reason right-wing leaders invoke King's words as often as lefties do: If you bat your eyelashes and speak loftily about judging someone by the content of their character, you can avoid wrestling with current issues of inequity and systemic prejudice.