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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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He never batted an eye, and I reckon he knew more about the danger than you did.
The North displayed its latest missilery in the February parade, however, and Washington hardly batted an eye.
The oppression has been present for decades and hardly any leadership has batted an eye. Extrapolating on the PML-N's argument, the hundreds of pending cases with the judiciary indeed have to do with basic rights and thus, a major crackdown on basic rights was required to mitigate a high number of future similar cases.
I was serving in a role with a majority male membership, and no one batted an eye.
"The Jungle Book" barely batted an eye at the new competition in its second weekend in release.
"When 1 take my daughter to school," he said, "the ride is so rough her gym socks fall down around her ankles--and they have elastic in the tops." The foreman never batted an eye as he quietly sipped his coffee.
If it had happened on X Factor no-one would have batted an eye. Tonight's three remaining bakers, Nancy, Luis and Richard have all earned their place in the final fair and square and I don't think anyone can doubt that the judges have got it right.
Let us remember that the "god'' of all Republicans, President Reagan, gave amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants and no one batted an eye. If you need outrage in your life, I suggest you consider this.
In the front row of Ralph Lauren at New York Fashion Week, she brought her best skinny jeans style, and no one batted an eye. ( ANI )
Hamilton barely batted an eye over suggestions from team supremo Ron Dennis that McLaren are investigating their driver options and that the climate had changed from the one that forced them to open their purse strings last time round.
Nobody in any airport batted an eye. But at my hotel in Papeete, an obviously bright, bare-chested young bellhop asked what I had.
Palin hardly batted an eye until told, at the end, that she had been "pranked." Listen to it at the E&P Pub:
I work with one of the largest firms in town and not one attorney has batted an eye at my $125/hr fee.
Meanwhile, no one has batted an eye at the proposal to pump billions of tons of carbon dioxide into depleted gas wells and other convenient underground voids.
"If he'd made the same blunder in a lower-profile match then no-one would have batted an eye. However, the big man will bounce back from all that stick and prove those people wrong.