bat3 /bat/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. flutter (one’s eyelashes), typically in a flirtatious manner

she batted her long dark eyelashes at him.
II. phrases

not bat (or without batting) an eyelid ( ‹or N. Amer.› eye or eyelash)

‹informal› show (or showing) no surprise or concern

she paid the bill without batting an eyelid.
– origin late 19th cent. (originally US): from dialect and US bat ‘to wink, blink’, variant of obsolete bate ‘to flutter’.

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