automatic pilot

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  1. on automatic pilot, functioning in an unthinking or reflexive manner.

Origin of automatic pilot

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for automatic pilot

Gyropilot, autopilot

British Dictionary definitions for automatic pilot

automatic pilot

  1. Also called: autopilot a device that automatically maintains an aircraft on a preset course
  2. on automatic pilot informal acting without conscious thought because of tiredness, shock, or familiarity with the task being performed
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