automatic pilot

noun
|Updated on: 30 Apr 2018

Definition of automatic pilot

1 : autopilot 1
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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First Known Use of automatic pilot

1915

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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