knee-jerk


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knee-jerk

(nē′jûrk′)
adj. Slang
1. Easily predictable; automatic: "quick, easy laughs and knee-jerk responses" (New York).
2. Reacting spontaneously in the expected manner: a knee-jerk cynic.
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knee′ jerk`



n.
a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon.
[1875–80]

knee′-jerk`



adj.
Informal. reacting in an automatic, habitual manner; unthinking: a knee-jerk liberal.
[1895–1900]
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knee-jerk

[ˈniːdʒɜːk] ADJ [reaction] → instintivo, automático
he's a knee-jerk conservativees de derecha or (Sp) de derechas hasta la médula
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