not to turn a hair


not to turn a hair
• 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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  • turn a hair — (not) turn a hair to not show any emotion when you are told something bad or when something bad happens. I was expecting her to be furious but she didn t turn a hair …   New idioms dictionary

  • not turn a hair — ► not turn a hair remain apparently unmoved. Main Entry: ↑hair …   English terms dictionary

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  • not turn a hair — remain apparently unmoved. → hair …   English new terms dictionary

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