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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.
See also: bat, eyelash

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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As for his prediction, Roach didn't bat an eyelash in issuing one.
Panelo, a veteran lawyer, didn't bat an eyelash in declaring that those on the list do not enjoy the presumption of innocence - because 'they know they are involved, they run for public office and it's fair game.'
That Johnson and Guggenheim didn't bat an eyelash at paying a further $600,000 premium reflects the promise of the team's next TV contract.
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The notary was a friendly Pakistani man who didn't bat an eyelash when he saw that he was notarizing a domestic partnership registration form for two men.
When I recently related this conversation to North Dakota dairy farmer Man Qual, he didn't bat an eyelash. "I don't doubt it at all," Qual said, recalling how growing up on a family dairy, all of his activities revolved around the unrelenting demands of milking.
The pretty lady didn't bat an eyelash and pressed on, asking Frazier what he, as a former gold medallist, made of current Olympic champ Audley Harrison's prospects.
But the petite and gracious singer didn't bat an eyelash. She seemed almost giddy.
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They reeked of uncles who lived off nicotine and alcohol, but my cousins and I didn't bat an eyelash about their vices, so long as we could get our hands on make-believe money.
She didn't bat an eyelash. Imagine, for a moment, what someone like Arroyo might think, when faced with a Speaker whose highest achievement as a member of her Cabinet was his removal from it due to-gasp!-allegations of corruption.
The Filipino icon didn't bat an eyelash in saying that he is looking forward to it.