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1) knee-jerk. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
...is a Conversational and Informal figurative idiom, occurring frequently in the cliché a knee-jerk reaction, which means an automatic, predictable response, so-called...

2) knee-jerk. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
...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....

3) knee-jerk reflex. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. 2002
...knee-jerk reflex A sudden involuntary forward movement of the lower leg that can be produced by a firm tap to the tendon located just below the kneecap. 1 The term...

4) knee jerk. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
...A reflex contraction of the quadriceps muscle resulting in a sudden involuntary extension of the leg, produced by a sharp tap to the tendon below the patella; patellar...

5) 9214. Frank Rich. Simpson s Contemporary Quotations. 1988
...NUMBER: 9214 AUTHOR: Frank Rich QUOTATION: Lillian Hellman brought out the knee-jerk in almost everyone. ATTRIBUTION: ib 13 Nov 86...

6) 1624. Irving S Shapiro, Chairman, E I du Pont de Nemours. Simpson s Contemporary Quotations. 1988
...Shapiro, Chairman, E I du Pont de Nemours QUOTATION: Litigation should be a last resort, not a knee-jerk reflex. ATTRIBUTION: Christian Science Monitor 5 Dec 78...

7) reflex. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. 2002
...a hiccup to the involuntary response of a body part, such as the action that occurs in the knee-jerk reflex. 1...

8) spinal cord. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...i.e., without recourse to the brain, as when a person's leg is tapped producing the knee jerk reflex. Nerve fibers in the spinal cord usually do not regenerate if...

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