knee-jerk reaction

knee-jerk reaction
 To act without thinking, thoughtless response.
 ► “Insurance industry leaders must set aside their knee-jerk hostility to federal involvement and push Washington for help in covering the catastrophe risks that have driven carriers from hurricane - and earthquake- prone states.” (National Underwriter, Sept. 25, 1995, p. 1)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • Knee jerk reaction — an immediate unthinking emotional reaction produced by an event or statement to which the reacting person is highly sensitive; in persons with strong feelings on a topic, it may be very predictable. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knee-jerk reaction — A knee jerk reaction is an instant, instinctive response to a situation …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • knee-jerk reaction —    A knee jerk reaction is an instant, instinctive response to a situation.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Knee-jerk reaction —   A knee kerk reaction is an instant, instinctive response to a situation …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • knee jerk reaction — n. automatic reaction or response to something; reaction occurring without thought …   English contemporary dictionary

  • knee-jerk — is a popularized technicality taken from the physical meaning ‘a sudden involuntary kick caused by a blow on the tendon just below the knee when the leg is hanging loose’. It is now popular among politicians, broadcasters, etc., especially in the …   Modern English usage

  • knee-jerk — adj [only before noun] a knee jerk reaction, answer etc is what you feel or say about a situation from habit, without thinking about it = ↑automatic ▪ A victim s knee jerk reaction to the crime is often revenge …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knee-jerk — knee ,jerk adjective only before noun a knee jerk reaction is immediate and not carefully considered: Calling for longer prison sentences is just a knee jerk reaction to a rise in crime …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • knee-jerk — ¦ ̷ ̷ (ˌ) ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: knee jerk, noun : readily predictable : automatic knee jerk reactions also : reacting in a readily predictable way knee jerk liberals * * * /nee jerrk / …   Useful english dictionary

  • Knee jerk — The reflex tested by tapping just below the knee causing the lower leg to suddenly jerk forward. What is tapped to elicit this reaction is the patellar tendon, the tendon that runs down from the quadriceps muscle in the front of the thigh, over… …   Medical dictionary

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