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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.
Without batting an eye, the man told the MP in flowery language that he wanted her any day, any time.
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.
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.
Without batting an eye lid, he just said no and again went back to his conversation.