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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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References in classic literature ?
The hand bent from the wrist and caressed him protectingly, and the warm contact of his velvet body put a change in Skipper's sick dreams, for he began to mutter in cold and bitter ominousness: "Any nigger that as much as bats an eye at that puppy.
Julia's estrangement from her father left her so hurt that she barely bats an eye at his death.
Hollande declared martial law in France and no one bats an eye.
But should the blunder be restricted to the Middle East, no one bats an eye and it's business as usual.
Same-sex couples and families walk the streets and no one bats an eye.
She also reveals how if conditions get too much for the volunteers, noone bats an eye if they take time off from the endless battle.
It was -35 (add another 10-15 degrees for wind chill) here in Calgary last week for 5-6 days and no one bats an eye lid, schools still open, even saw one guy out jogging.
While no one bats an eye at interracial couplings today, fifty years ago it was much different.
THE CLASSROOM MIGHT BE VISITED by short green aliens or sword-wielding samurai that sometimes float above the action, but no one bats an eye.
And they've stayed together, unlike Newt Gingrich, who divorces his wife on her deathbed and no one bats an eye.
Nobody here really bats an eye when you're calling their names on the street.
When $7 million can be misspent before anyone bats an eye, it means the system is operating too far in the dark shadows.
Even with lunch skittering about the cage, Jumpy barely bats an eye.
It hasn't been necessary for some time now to show the product for advertising to "work," and no one bats an eye when they see celebrities hawking items they have apparently little connection to.
It's not right, merely true: Reggie Miller can riff on WNBA games and no one bats an eye, but Cammi Granato does radio color commentary for the Kings and gets all kind of guff.