Definition of on automatic pilot in English:

on automatic pilot


  • Acting or functioning without conscious thought, as a result of routine or habit.

    ‘I leapt out of bed and dressed on automatic pilot’
    • ‘Sometimes a conductor stands in front of musicians, waves his or her arms, they respond on automatic pilot, and you get serviceable, dull music and the waste of a conductor's fee.’
    • ‘Having seen this quartet perform before, I was alarmed at how tired and bored the violinist looked, almost appearing as if he was playing this glorious first violin part on automatic pilot.’
    • ‘If you're unsure of your parenting skills, try taking on one task at a time and doing it regularly - you'll soon be operating on automatic pilot.’
    • ‘They often lead their private lives on automatic pilot, but many of them feel seriously deprived, because they don't have real emotional connections.’
    • ‘I'm functioning on automatic pilot and am by then well on my way into the second half pint of coffee.’
    • ‘It is a sentence written by someone who is writing on automatic pilot, putting down the thoughts pretty much as they popped into her head, and not bothering to arrange them in a sensible order once they were set down on paper.’
    • ‘She walked on automatic pilot to the tube and changed trains at Embankment without waking up.’
    distractedly, inattentively, abstractedly, unheedingly, carelessly, absent-mindedly, on automatic pilot
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