not to bat an eyelash

not to bat an eyelash
• not to turn a hair
• not to bat an eyelash
to show no sings of any feeling, worry or anxiety

"Ah!" he said. "What do you think of her?"-- "Fascinating!" -- "I'll tell her that, she won't turn a hair. The earth's most matter- of-fact young woman." (J. Galsworthy)

My Dad seems to me a perfect babe; his thinking apparatus hasn't turned a hair. (J. Galsworthy)

It was way too short for me, the couch, but I really could've slept standing up without batting an eyelash. (J. Salinger)

Look at the chaps in politics and business, whose whole lives were passed in skating on thin ice, and getting knighted for it. They never turned a hair. And look at himself, for the forty years on thin ice, and suffering confoundedly. (J. Galsworthy)


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  • bat\ an\ eyelash — • bat an eyelash • bat an eye • without batting an eye • without batting an eyelash v. phr. informal To show surprise, fear, or interest; show your feelings. Used in negative sentences. When I told him the price of the car he never batted an eye …   Словарь американских идиом

  • not bat an eyelash — see ↑bat, 4 • • • Main Entry: ↑eyelash …   Useful english dictionary

  • not bat an eyelash — (not) bat an eye/eyelash/eyelid to not show any shock or surprise. So what did she say when you told her you were leaving? She didn t bat an eyelid …   New idioms dictionary

  • bat an eyelash — (not) bat an eye/eyelash/eyelid to not show any shock or surprise. So what did she say when you told her you were leaving? She didn t bat an eyelid …   New idioms dictionary

  • not to turn a hair — • not to turn a hair • not to bat an eyelash (from Idioms in Speech) to show no sings of any feeling, worry or anxiety Ah! he said. What do you think of her? Fascinating! I ll tell her that, she won t turn a hair. The earth s most matter of fact… …   Idioms and examples

  • bat\ an\ eye — • bat an eyelash • bat an eye • without batting an eye • without batting an eyelash v. phr. informal To show surprise, fear, or interest; show your feelings. Used in negative sentences. When I told him the price of the car he never batted an eye …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bat — bat1 [bat] n. [ME < OE batt, cudgel (prob. < Welsh bat < IE base * bhat , to strike) & < OFr batte, pestle < battre,BATTER1] 1. any stout club, stick, or cudgel 2. a club used to strike the ball in baseball and cricket 3. a ping… …   English World dictionary

  • bat an eye — or[bat an eyelash] {v. phr.}, {informal} To show surprise, fear, or interest; show your feelings. Used in negative sentences. * /When I told him the price of the car he never batted an eye./ * /Bill told his story without batting an eyelash,… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bat an eye — or[bat an eyelash] {v. phr.}, {informal} To show surprise, fear, or interest; show your feelings. Used in negative sentences. * /When I told him the price of the car he never batted an eye./ * /Bill told his story without batting an eyelash,… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • not bat an eye/eyelash — (US) (or Brit not bat an eyelid) informal : to show no surprise, fear, concern, etc. He thought the news would make her upset, but she never batted an eye. [=she did not appear to be upset at all] He listened without batting an eyelash. • • • …   Useful english dictionary

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