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Re: Bat an eylid

Posted by James Briggs on January 26, 2010 at 14:50

In Reply to: Bat an eylid posted by Mike on January 26, 2010 at 14:28:

: Where did the phrase 'didn't bat an eylid' come from?

The word derives from the now obsolete "bate", in turn from the Old French "batre" meaning "to beat the wings: to flutter".