Origin of knee-jerk
Definition for knee-jerk (2 of 2)
Origin of knee jerk
Examples from the Web for knee-jerk
It is not a knee-jerk response to a sudden perceived threat.
This whole thing about a black-and-white culture of knee-jerk reactions is reinforced by television.James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video|William O’Connor|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The knee-jerk cynicism with which it has been greeted is dysfunctional.Paul Ryan’s New Plan Is a Good One, Especially for Black People|John McWhorter|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Republicans are going to try to paint Bellows as a knee-jerk Democrat who just uses the civil-liberties argument when convenient.Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA… and Running for Senate|David Freedlander|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The passage contradicts the knee-jerk reaction which wants to quantify suffering.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love|Lea Carpenter|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The deep reflexes may also be altered, the knee-jerk being frequently absent on the affected side.
In some subjects the larger dose, 45 cubic centimeters, practically abolished the knee-jerk.How to Live|Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Sensibility, the knee-jerk, and plantar phenomena are normal.A Statistical Inquiry Into the Nature and Treatment of Epilepsy|Alexander Hughes Bennett
Later the affected muscles become exquisitely tender, and then atrophy, while the knee-jerk or other reflex is lost.
The presence or absence of the knee-jerk may be a most significant symptom to the physician.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
British Dictionary definitions for knee-jerk
Word Origin and History for knee-jerk
patellar reflex, neurological phenomenon discovered and named 1876; the figurative use appeared soon after the phrase was coined.