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bat an eyelid

bat an eyelid

Date: Jan 03 2008

Themes: Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“The local kids would catch these snakes and people would eat them regularly, so nobody was batting an eyelid.”

- Actor Christian Bale on eating snakes while filming Rescue Dawn. (Entertainment Weekly)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

react; flinch

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

You know how when something comes near your face, you blink? That’s called batting an eyelid. So anytime someone doesn’t react to something you would expect him or her to, you can say that person didn’t bat an eyelid. Next time you get some bad news, try not to bat an eyelid. It will make you seem tough.

When someone does something difficult without being affected at all, they do it without batting an eyelid. While filming the movie Rescue Dawn about the Vietnam war, Christian Bale and some of the other actors ate a snake. But since he’d seen the local people eating snakes already, it wasn’t a big deal for Christian Bale and he didn’t bat an eyelid.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“She just breaks hearts all the time without batting an eyelid.”

“He didn’t even bat an eyelid when they told him his house had burned down.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

永恒破灭者 react or show emotion when surprised, shocked ; turn a hair; blink in surprise or astonishment
by 永恒破灭者
MVP to show no surprise or embarrassment when something unusual happens
by MVP
not batting an eyelid means not showing surprise or shock, or any reaction
by elanor_inglorion
m@nuelm@d no body got surprised or shocked, because it's a normal thing to see around
by m@nuelm@d
Catkitten people are all very calm,as if it's something very usual(eating the snakes)
by Catkitten
linjin It means the people have no fear about eating snake and don't even blink
by linjin
liru to blink, to open and close the eyes. they don't react or show any emotion when surprised, shocked.
by liru
MWang Batting eyelid is a reflex. Usually, people will have some specific reflex to the strange things or suddenly changes. If someone don't have this reflex that means he can keep cool and calm.
by MWang
babyxiao NOT bat an eyelid means: without fear, treat something as a piece of cake.
by babyxiao
I think it means showing surprise about something
by Rosi_j
Divagirl Shocked, surprised, spooked, afraid etc.
by Divagirl
ljiljana i think it means doing something without thinking or giving it a second thought
by ljiljana
staring at surprise; finding something weird; watching impressed
by saveourlives
nevillepc showing surprise
by nevillepc
eaglewings pay special attention. be surprized, open your eyes widely coz of amazement
by eaglewings
it means the thing very commonly happens,people take it habitual,they are not surprised at it
by xuefenbunny
to not show any shock or surprise , dont care
by omar_beyaty
luis_size without shock or surprise, it's like something normal
by luis_size
i think it's sth like appear affected or show the emotion
by panggerm

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Cool !!

05:22 AM Jan 06 2008 |




showing surprised

03:57 AM Jan 05 2008 |



very cool. seeing these I’m not batting an eyelid.

06:29 PM Jan 03 2008 |



Some young girls are good at batting their eyelashes at handsome guys,while apparently I am not the type.:)

02:54 PM Jan 03 2008 |



I have a sexy Eyelid when I talk to chicks I make to bat my Eyelid

06:50 AM Jan 03 2008 |


Sri Lanka

when she is talking to me i always forget to bat my eyelid

04:57 AM Jan 03 2008 |

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