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21 / 02 / 2008

KNEE-JERK: meaning and examples

Hello and good morning.

Today's expression is: Knee-jerk (adjective used before a noun, usually the noun reaction or response)

Meaning: Done automatically, without any serious thought.

Notice the similarity between today's expression and off the cuff, from Tuesday's Daily Vitamin.  

Example 1
John: What?! You fired Jack? Are you crazy?
Maria: I know it may have been a knee-jerk reaction, but he deserved it!

Example 2:
Alex acts before he thinks. I'm tired of his knee-jerk reactions.

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