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The man’s eyes stayed hidden under the shadow of the hood, but his jaw was set and his hands, particularly the one holding the knife, were rock-steady, betraying no evidence of nerves.

What does this betraying no evidence of nerves means? does it mean that he's nervous but his firm grip of the knife showing it?

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    [The fact that his hands were steady] meant that there was no sign that he might be nervous. Sep 28, 2020 at 9:14
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    We don't know if he's nervous or not. All we know is that if he is nervous, he's doing a good job of covering it up (we can't see any evidence of him being nervous). Sep 28, 2020 at 16:22

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It seems the key word giving you trouble is the verb "betray". It is important to note its meaning here, according to Lexico:

unintentionally reveal; be evidence of.
"she drew a deep breath that betrayed her indignation"

Another thing to pay attention to is when "nerve" is used as a plural noun, it means "nervousness". Again from Lexico:

nervousness or anxiety.
"his first-night nerves soon disappeared"

Therefore, here "betraying no evidence of nerves" means "showing no evidence of his nervousness."

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