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Idiom of the week – Knee-jerk reaction

Posted by englishlessons on February 11, 2013

Definition:

an immediate reaction made without examining causes or facts

Examples:

She said no without thinking; it was a knee-jerk reaction.

We want to avoid a knee-jerk reaction here, so we’ll ask them to think it over and get back to us later.

Picture it:

Picture what happens when a doctor taps your knee during a physical exam. The tap causes your leg to react immediately with a small kick. It is an automatic reflex.

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Idiom of the week – Take the reins

Posted by englishlessons on May 24, 2012

Definition:

assume charge or control

Examples:

After the politician left office in disgrace, her successor took the reins.

I don’t know if his son is ready to take the reins from his father and manage the business.

Picture it:

When you take the reins to ride a horse, you can control the horse.

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