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bat an eyelid

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

To not display even a hint of an emotional response, such as consternation, annoyance, sadness, joy, etc. Mary didn't even bat an eyelid when I told her I was moving out. That guy is dangerous. I heard he killed a man without batting an eyelid.
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not bat an eyelid

 and not bat an eye
Fig. to show no signs of distress even when something bad happens or something shocking is said. Sam didn't bat an eyelid when the mechanic told him how much the car repairs would cost. The pain of the broken arm must have hurt Sally terribly, but she did not bat an eyelid.
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not bat an eyelid

or

not bat an eyelash

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone does not bat an eyelid or does not bat an eyelash when something happens, they do not appear at all shocked or surprised by it. Even when told that a room in the hotel cost £235 per night, he didn't bat an eyelid. I thought Sarah would be embarrassed but she didn't bat an eyelid. This place could have burned to the ground, and he wouldn't have batted an eyelash. Note: You can also say that someone does something without batting an eyelid or without batting an eyelash. Mum would cater for a hundred people without batting an eyelid. Note: The usual American expression is not bat an eye.
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not bat an eyelid (or eye)

show no emotional or other reaction. informal
Bat in this sense is perhaps a dialect and US variant of the verb bate meaning ‘lower or let down’. The variant not blink an eye is also found.
1997 James Ryan Dismantling Mr Doyle She did not bat an eyelid when Eve spelled out the unorthodox details of the accommodation they required.
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not bat an ˈeyelid

(British English) (American English not bat an ˈeye) (informal) not seem surprised, worried, afraid, etc: She didn’t bat an eyelid when they told her she’d lost her job. She just calmly walked out.
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The odds are slim, but this is the Open and that is why all these hopefuls stump up the entry fee without batting an eyelid.
Without batting an eyelid, he could have said that in his country homosexuals have to wear a pink badge in order to partake in a rally.
She spends haft the play apparently in blissful ignorance as to the errant ways of her doctor husband of 15 years, John (Michael Cumpsty); then, when confronted with proof of his affair with her best friend, Mary-Louise (Kathryn Meisle), without batting an eyelid Constance reveals she has known all along.
It saddens and annoys me that everyone accepts some of the antics that go on in Serie A without batting an eyelid. Matches priced up at 4-9 to finish level almost always finish level.
But Charlie, without batting an eyelid, shot back, "I read the story in a book; that makes it scholarship!"
Jones grew up in the Leeds team with his two pals and says the high-profile pair will deal with any flak without batting an eyelid.
Certainly not the plants, of which we exterminate whole communities without batting an eyelid. Certainly not the animals, of which we have already extirpated many of the largest and most beautiful species.
The biblical character Goliath was a Philistine Empire bully who "could utter hogwash without batting an eyelid" but was vanquished by a younger and more tactful David.
Pugh, "What is this?" to which, Bah (Mr.) Darwin rhetorically countered with a question, "What Sir " More exasperated than ever, the Prime Minister louder and more stentorian, "What is this black flag ?" Bah Darwin, without batting an eyelid, turned to the Prime Minister and answered, "This is democracy, Sir!"
If someone had told me he'd finish inside the top-10 on Thursday, I would have taken it without batting an eyelid.
"They play Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool without batting an eyelid so it's one you can't wait to play in.
Without batting an eyelid, she carried out the instructions given to her over the phone by Welsh Ambulance Service call handler Danielle Burrows, and within minutes had successfully delivered her baby brother right there in the bath.
He stood reading silently for nearly five minutes, before continuing giving evidence without batting an eyelid.
When I asked her where she will study medicine, she said Siliguri without batting an eyelid. It is almost like going to another city in one's own country.