not bat an eye/eyelash

Definition of not bat an eye/eyelash

US, informal
:to show no surprise, fear, concern, etc.
  • He thought the news would make her upset, but she never batted an eye.
  • He listened without batting an eyelash.

Word by Word Definitions

bat play
  1. : a stout solid stick : club

  2. : a sharp blow : stroke

  3. : a usually wooden implement used for hitting the ball in various games

  1. : to strike or hit with or as if with a bat

  2. : to advance (a base runner) by batting

  3. : to have a batting average of

  1. : any of a widely distributed order (Chiroptera) of nocturnal usually frugivorous or insectivorous flying mammals that have wings formed from four elongated digits of the forelimb covered by a cutaneous membrane and that have adequate visual capabilities but often rely on echolocation

  1. : to wink especially in surprise or emotion

eye play
  1. : a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

  2. : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  3. : the faculty of seeing with eyes

  1. : to fix the eyes on : look at

  2. : contemplate, consider

  3. : to watch or study closely

eyelash play
  1. : the fringe of hair edging the eyelid

  2. : a single hair of the eyelashes

  3. : hairbreadth


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