automatic pilot

noun

Definition of automatic pilot 

2 : a state or condition in which activity or behavior is regulated automatically in a predetermined or instinctive manner doing his job on automatic pilot

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After a while, on any tour, the crew is on automatic pilot. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Coachella a small gig for Jean-Michel Jarre, who has played for million-plus audiences three times," 17 Apr. 2018 Illustration: Adele Morgan Small and large airplanes, parts for airplanes and helicopters, automatic pilots for aeronautical or space navigation and flight data recorders are also targets. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Trump’s Tariff List Aims at China’s Exports—and Aspirations," 4 Apr. 2018 As Sam Loudermilk, a recovering alcoholic turned substance abuse counselor, Mr. Livingston wanders through Seattle with his face locked in a sneer and his snark on automatic pilot. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Ron Livingston Loves to Play the Jerk," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of automatic pilot

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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