Knee jerk liberal
Knee jerk liberal Knee jerk liberal a person of strong liberal convictions who reacts predictably and emotionally to certain events. [PJC]

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  • knee-jerk — ¦ ̷ ̷ (ˌ) ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: knee jerk, noun : readily predictable : automatic knee jerk reactions also : reacting in a readily predictable way knee jerk liberals * * * /nee jerrk / …   Useful english dictionary

  • knee jerk — noun a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon • Syn: ↑knee jerk reflex, ↑patellar reflex • Hypernyms: ↑reflex, ↑reflex response, ↑reflex action, ↑instinctive reflex, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • knee-jerk — /nee jerrk /, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a knee jerk. 2. Informal. reacting according to a certain habitual manner; unthinking: a knee jerk liberal. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

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