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    #1

    Not bat an eye

    You can check the meaning if this idiom here.


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    #2

    Re: Not bat an eye

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You can check the meaning if this idiom here.
    can you give me some exemple how can it be used
    thanks

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    #3

    Re: Not bat an eye

    OK:

    He didn't bat an eye when they told him he had lost the contract.


    PS I deleted your post with the answer as it was so close to the poll that people would be able to see it before they had answered.


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    Re: Not bat an eye

    its ok
    thanks for your replay

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    #5

    Re: Not bat an eye

    You're welcome.

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    #6

    Re: Not bat an eye

    He didn't bat an eye when they told him he had lost the contract.
    Is this the same as "He didn't blink when they told him ......."?

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    #7

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    No reaction at all- no visible signs of being affected.


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    #8

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    He did not bat an eye/eyelid when he the court declared him guilty of an array of charges.

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    #9

    Re: Not bat an eye

    After a bit of searching I think I may assume that "He didn't bat an eye" is synonyme for "He didn't blink" but which one is most common?

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    From The AND DictionaryDisplaying Items 1 through 1 Definitionsbat3
    verb

    • batted, batting
      1. To open and close (one's eyelids) very quickly, usually to attract sympathy or admiration.
      • Example: batted her eyelashes coyly at him
    Idiom: not bat an eye (not bat an eyelid)
    • (originally US)
      colloq
      To show no surprise or emotion.
      • Example: He didn't bat an eye when he heard the news
    Etymology: 17c as a variant of bate (used of a hawk) to flutter or flap (when on the leash).

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