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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 ?
I bet he can lose or win half a dozen million without batting an eye."
There are two types of bosses in the workplace: Those who would sack you without batting an eye whether or not there's a valid reason, and those who would agonise and do everything they could to avoid having to sack you, even when there's reason to do so.
Not batting an eye to their screaming, and cries for help in the gas chambers they themselves had built.
The staff not only take your bags off you at the front door, but also all your stresses, and continue to bend over backwards for you without even batting an eye throughout your stay.
-- Ahmedzayed (@Ahmedabdelaat11) September 7, 2017 "The organization is only fixating its gaze on Egypt without batting an eye to what happens in other countries, and then it is certainly a suspicious organization," reads another tweet, in reference to the suffering of the Muslims in Myanmar
Congress is sure to approve extending martial law for a few months without batting an eye.
Have you ever wondered why some people can eat whole chili peppers without batting an eye but you can't hang?
When my eldest was a newborn my elderly neighbour loved to tell me about how she left her own baby son sleeping in his pram in the street outside the front door for hours without anyone batting an eye.
"Doctors just prescribe these drugs without batting an eye. Their reasoning is, if they are approved by the regulator they must be OK."
Without batting an eye, Sheldon replied, "An honest mistake.
All without batting an eye about how it would look on the nation's credit card bill, the report said.
He writes checks that run into the thousands for machinery without batting an eye, yet some life insurance man comes along and offers him a paltry amount of insurance.
Without batting an eye, Moinzadeh takes his shoes off and gives them to him."
She might not have X-ray vision or be able to leap over a building in a single bound, but TV and radio presenter Gabby Logan can manage to keep a pair of lively twins out of trouble, handle TV cameras and match reports without batting an eye and still look calm and relaxed at the end of it all.
He took us on numerous hunts and loaned me expensive deer hunting rifles without batting an eye. In short, no teenage boy could have had a better or more ethical mentor, and no teenage boy could have been exposed to more hunting adventures that would later become etched in his memory forever.