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bat an eyelash

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 eyelash when I told her I was moving out. That guy is dangerous. I heard he killed a man without batting an eyelash.
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not bat an eyelash

To not display even a hint of an emotional response, such as consternation, annoyance, sadness, joy, etc. Mary didn't even bat an eyelash when I told her I was moving out. That guy is dangerous. I heard he killed a man without batting an eyelash.
See also: bat, eyelash, not
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'Don't!' he said without batting an eyelash. 'You have to have a passion for the hospitality industry.
Without batting an eyelash, he would make everyone feel at home, and ensure that all were "happy campers." That was the special magic Joem created at every event knowing that in the end, effective PR is all about relationships.
Without batting an eyelash, "Teen Mom 2" star Kailyn Lowry admitted recently that she's not bothered by Javi Marroquin's love life following their split.
The physician is guaranteed payment, through "no-fault." Even the most indigent of patients is able to pay enormous medical bills without batting an eyelash.
"Israel continues to steal the Palestinian lands, and none of us are even batting an eyelash. The Arab world's silence continues, apparently content with just issuing condemnations.
"Regarding establishment GOP leaders, it seems they're becoming willing tools of the gaystapo, the same revolutionaries who routinely bully bakers, florists, photographers and innkeepers without batting an eyelash."
And if Thomas Shelby's party trick is not batting an eyelash whenever anyone shoves a gun in his face, he's going to get more practice at that tonight.
And without batting an eyelash, he said 'dad, write Charlie Bubbles to Fenway'."
Most candidates are accustomed to answering "softball" questions during the course of a job interview, and most can do so without batting an eyelash. Such questions help validate a candidate's success metrics (i.e.
"'What I want to know,' exclaimed one little boy, 'is how she's going to go to the bathroom?' RoseAleta turned to him without batting an eyelash. 'Librarians are very resourceful people,' she replied." Librarian on the Roof!
They brought in replacement workers without batting an eyelash and more than once felt the need to remind the union it was their business and they would run it they way they wanted.
"I carry this with me at all times," Vicki said, without batting an eyelash. She continued: "I think we all saved our lists."
Without batting an eyelash, her father shot back, "You should have told him it was Omar, the tent-maker!"
Without batting an eyelash, Gary reassured him, "Yes, Sir, I will move in!"