The kneejerk reaction among interventionists is to see the blood and insist that the United States act right away.
But such disparagement was itself a kneejerk reaction, and it was fallacious.
And hipsters and hippies now reek of old-school, kneejerk attitudes.
patellar reflex, neurological phenomenon discovered and named 1876; the figurative use appeared soon after the phrase was coined.
: one more gesture to the knee-jerk hawks in the Congress/ Yet McDonald is no mere knee-jerk critic of the evangelicalsnoun
: We need less kneejerking on both sides in these arguments about the environment (1980s+)
[fr the patellar reflex, described as knee jerk by 1876]