knee-jerk reaction


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knee-jerk reaction

Fig. an automatic or reflex reaction; an immediate reaction made without examining causes or facts. With one of his typical knee-jerk reactions, he said no immediately, citing some moral argument that no one understood.
See also: reaction
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In these challenging economic times when every penny spent is being scrutinized, the knee-jerk reaction is often to cut marketing budget," says Steve Culbert, managing director and principal of Meta4 Partners.
Sven the bartender: (To the patrons) The NFL isn't the only one that can make rules in a knee-jerk reaction.
Because retirement savings tools are intended to help you grow your money over a long period of time, dips in the market should not prompt a knee-jerk reaction," said Mathews.
It is the knee-jerk reaction of choice whenever the government legislates against something that may be dangerous.
I think it's a knee-jerk reaction, to tell you the truth,'' he said.
Locking up people unnecessarily is a knee-jerk reaction that does little to protect society.
My insistence is not a knee-jerk reaction to show we're tough on social promotion but to ensure we're spending our money on improving our teaching the first time around.
We've got to get beyond the knee-jerk reaction that LASIK isn't appropriate for any patient under 18 years of age," said Davidorf.
The subtext is that Hahn wanted to get rid of the embarrassment of airport officials' knee-jerk reaction that it's OK to snub the Valley by trampling on one of its beloved traditions.
THE KNEE-JERK reaction to the end of Mick McCarthy's reign as Ireland manager will be to blame Roy Keane.
After the United States entered World War II in Europe against Germany, most, if not all, German-Americans experienced the wrath of misdirected and twisted hatred - a knee-jerk reaction without thought or reason generated out of fear and the need to proactively respond and protect.
THE scheme to hand out on-the-spot fines for yobbish behaviour (Daily Mirror, August 13) is another knee-jerk reaction from New Labour, which consistently fails to think things through.
Clancy, however, did attempt to provide some perspective in the early confusion, warning against a knee-jerk reaction against Islam and making a plea for a sane reaction to the tragedy: ``It's the principles you hold on to in times of trouble that really count.
It was a hysterical knee-jerk reaction to a single schoolyard shooting in Stockton, Calif.
Speaking in the light of the John Anderson case, who walked free after charges of raping a 13-year-old girl were found not proven, Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace, ruled out a knee-jerk reaction.