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#1 2019-04-08 17:29:21

DavidTuggy
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battling your eyelashes

without battling her eyelashes

Miss Ruth can do the splits as easy as battling an eyelash.

Lawyers, doctors, and insurance agents can get by with an utterly unimaginative business card without battling an eyelash

She tilted her head to the side and gave a small nod battling her eyelashes almost innocently as she finished the talking.

She sighed heavily to cover the sob that was slowly making its way and battled her eyelashes furiously to dry the tears

Conceivably some might think of the upper and lower eyelids striking each other as a sort of battling motion, or the notion of flirting leading to conquest may be involved. Or like as not there’s no clear eggcornish thought there, just an opaque idiom, for many perps.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#2 2019-04-14 12:39:24

kem
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Re: battling your eyelashes

We’ve also had “battling down the hatches.”


Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.

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#3 2019-04-15 12:12:39

David Bird
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Re: battling your eyelashes

He quickly looked at her petite body who was looking back at him with those attractive eyes, he could never had enough of. Those eyes were so magnetic..It had so much of charm and beauty in them. Her lips turned into a pout as she battled her eyes and sat up and patted his biceps.
fanfic I could never had enough of

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#4 2019-06-07 18:24:30

DavidTuggy
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Re: battling your eyelashes

Or, it might be construed as bat with the frequentative(/causative/etc.) suffix – le that shows up (often dubiously) in pairs like wag/waggle, snag/snaggle, grump/grumble, stump/stumble, crumb/crumble, hop/hobble, pat/paddle, scrape/scrabble, choke/chuckle, and may be less clearly discerned in non-paired items like wiggle, bumble, struggle (/stroke?), shuffle, mangle, wrinkle (/wring?), tangle, , and many others. If so the meaning would be close to fluttering the eyelashes back and forth rather than just batting them once.
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(- er , as in flutter, is a frequentative too, and battering your eyelids/lashes also occurs:

we turned up unannounced and the place is fantastic , we were greeted by a highland cow battering his eyelids at us as …

I’m a big girl,” she answered, battering her eyelashes with a grin in her face.

and so forth.)

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2019-06-08 22:33:22)


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