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not miss a beat

To not slow down, pause, or lose one's place, especially in spite of a potential distraction or disruption. The boss didn't miss a beat during the meeting when his son-in-law walked in 45 minutes late. You can't fluster my mother. No matter how you try to shock or annoy her, she never misses a beat.
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miss a beat

Hesitate momentarily, out of embarrassment or confusion. This expression is most often used in a negative context, as in He sidestepped the reporter's probe into his personal life without missing a beat, or Not missing a beat, she outlined all the reasons for her decision. This expression alludes to the regular beat of musical time. [Mid-1900s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

not miss a beat

If someone does not miss a beat, they always know what is happening and so are able to take advantage of every situation. This time we played like machines. The longer the game went the stronger we got, and we never missed a beat. Note: The `beat' referred to here is probably a heartbeat, although it may refer to a beat in music.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

miss a beat

hesitate or falter, especially in demanding circumstances or when making a transition from one activity to another.
See also: beat, miss
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