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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It is a knee-jerk reaction with political undertones.
Ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, Webber said: "I was at the factory this week and there is no real knee-jerk reaction.
But I hate the knee-jerk reaction to fans and people having a go at the manager at some stage.
I still felt perhaps he was the right man to stay there and it is a knee-jerk reaction for him to go.
And after keeping the faith by only bringing in Newport's Gareth Maule for Bedwas' James Lewis at outside centre against the Scots, coach Rees explained that a knee-jerk reaction would have been a mistake.
The knee-jerk reaction is to question whether the broker used undue influence to coax the seller to accept the first deal while having knowledge of another buyer willing to pay more but withholding that information with the intent of making two commissions.
One need only look at the critical response to Kirp to date to see evidence of this knee-jerk reaction.
Licensing music venues is a knee-jerk reaction, partly caused by hysteria linking music to violence, drug and alcohol abuse.
In fact, I'm more troubled by our knee-jerk reaction to the book than by the book itself.
However, following that initial knee-jerk reaction, the newly minted prompt month was unable to get any higher in morning trade.
A KNEE-JERK reaction to the Baby P tragedy risks derailing the work of those trying to protect vulnerable children, a local authority leader warned today.
My knee-jerk reaction is to say bring it back but despite the DNA technology we have today we still can never be 100 per cent certain.
Critics say it is a short-term, knee-jerk reaction to a problem that has been neglected for years.
ALEX Ferguson has pledged Manchester United's stunning Carling Cup exit at Southend will not trigger any knee-jerk reaction.
But a decision to make savings by switching off the street lights smacks of a knee-jerk reaction which could have tragic consequences.