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  1. knee jerk, knee-jerk reflex, patellar reflexnoun

    a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon


  1. Knee jerknoun

    emotional and predictable; -- of certain people and their reactions to events.


  1. knee jerk

    The patellar reflex, also called the knee reflex or knee-jerk, is a stretch reflex which tests the L2, L3, and L4 segments of the spinal cord. Many animals, most significantly humans, have been seen to have the patellar reflex, including dogs, cats, horses, and other mammalian species.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knee jerk in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knee jerk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  1. Paul Ryan:

    Those of us around Paul Ryan really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time, we helped Paul Ryan make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what Paul Ryan knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think Paul Ryan's making some of these knee-jerk reactions.

  2. Maryanne Kaishian:

    Social distancing is absolutely a critical measure, but our knee-jerk reaction to problems as a society tends to be criminalization, and it's just not the answer, especially here, marginalized people will be the most impacted, because we know based on years of data that other low-level offenses disproportionately target black and low-income people.

  3. Marlon Kimpson:

    This will not be done in a knee-jerk fashion, i'm going to be in focus groups with business leaders and talking to constituents. The massacre opened up an opportunity but to build a super majority will require a lot of work.

  4. Director Chris Rogers:

    We've been planning for some time to look at the pay rates because we think it's really important our team share in the success of our business, it's not a knee-jerk reaction.

  5. Jeremy Zirin:

    Given the higher level of volatility and frankly a little bit of disappointment in some of the economic data and corporate profit data this morning, it could just be more of a knee jerk reaction after we’ve had a very sharp rally.

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