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on automatic pilot

also on automatic
doing something without thinking about how or why you do it All the actors in this play seemed to be operating on automatic pilot, and none of them was very good.
Usage notes: also used in the form on autopilot with the same meaning: I was so tired, I was simply running on autopilot.
Related vocabulary: running on empty
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of automatic pilot (a system that flies a plane without human effort)
See also: automatic, on, pilot

on automatic pilot

  (informal) also on autopilot (informal)
if you are on automatic pilot, or do something on automatic pilot, you do something without thinking about what you are doing, usually because you have done it many times before By the second week of the election campaign she was making all her speeches on automatic pilot.
See also: automatic, on, pilot

on automatic

Functioning by or as if by automatic machine or device.
See also: automatic, on
References in classic literature ?
At length the hauling-chains, the air-chambers, and the automatic grappling-irons were put on board.
An outside observer, unable to perceive the accompanying consciousness, might be wholly at a loss to discriminate between the automatic acts and those which volition escorted.
To take extreme cases, every animal at birth can take food by instinct, before it has had opportunity to learn; on the other hand, no one can ride a bicycle by instinct, though, after learning, the necessary movements become just as automatic as if they were instinctive.
Stephen hardly knew what happened, or in what automatic way he got through the duties of politeness in the interval, until he was free and saw Maggie seated alone again, at the farther end of the room.
The 10 Automatic / Self Driving Car Segments covered in the report are as follows
Surveys indicate that participation and contribution rates are significantly higher in plans that use automatic enrollment; see, e.
To encourage the use of automatic enrollment, employers that set up such systems (and meet certain rules) do not have to meet nondiscrimination tests that normally apply to employee deferrals and employers' matching contributions.
Gerstmeier felt the answer lied in upgrading its current automatic molding line to improve productivity and quality while reducing scrap.
Units have automatic registration capability and are fast and easy to set up.
The design of this automatic bead-apex line is said to meet all requirements regarding ergonomics, flexibility and quality, while the overall efficiency of the system is said to be very high.
Wagner continued, "The figures quoted in sales brochures for fuel economy, emission levels and 0-100 km/h acceleration times are the next obstacle to overcome when selling a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission.
Supporting a 50,000-word rich vocabulary, this software realizes automatic speech-to-speech interpretation of travel conversation through the development of a new parallel speech recognition method (note 2*) for single-chip processors with several CPU cores, and a compact, lexical-rule-based, machine translation engine that unites dictionaries with grammar (note 3*) that is operable on small devices.
40 automatic has become a popular cartridge for law enforcement by offering some of the benefits of both the 9 millimeter and the .
22 to an automatic fuel surcharge that will boost motor carrier revenue in times of wildly fluctuating fuel prices.
Employees still have a choice under automatic enrollment about whether to participate, but they must inform their company of their intention.
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