pat answer

pat answer

a quick, easy answer; a simplified or evasive answer. Don't just give them a pat answer. Give some more explanation and justification. Otherwise you will just end up answering a lot more questions.
See also: answer, pat
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Asked about decisions the chief lawmakers made regarding the fight against terrorism, he said "there is no pat answer to the question of terrorism except that it must be confronted.
But, and this is what makes the book truly successful, Perry avoids giving a pat answer, often leaving the reader with food for thought.
There is no one pat answer and that is why you should contact your local doctor to schedule a visit to find out what could be causing your erectile dysfunction.
My pat answer is "HAPPI, which is an acronym for Household and Personal Products Industry/That response is usually enough to kill the conversation--but I'm never sure if the silence is because my acquaintance doesn't know what an acronym is or if he finds laundry and shampoos deadly dull.
A decade ago I had a pat answer when asked to recommend a Thanksgiving wine.
The pat answer is that leadership is situational--based on time and circumstance.
This pat answer, as well as the simplistic response "The dinosaurs just did not die in the right place" each have a flavor of what I call "pseudoscience".
As reported in your editorial column: The usual pat answer by senior ambulance officers talked of "incidents caused by a catalogue of unforeseen circumstances".
An effort on the part of an English teacher to use The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a vehicle for teaching about racism yields mixed results, with some students cluing in, others never getting past the pat answer, and still others openly declaring their indifference.
The pat answer is that the ambient Mediterranean conditions that make the wine taste so good in France, Spain or Italy, just cannot be replicated here in Britain.
A THE pat answer is that if you're content to be celibate, then fine.
What it did not have was a pat answer for why Dr Kelly, a man hardened to intimidation and abuse as a weapons inspector in Iraq, should crack under a media onslaught.
Throughout, Holmlund resists the easy or pat answer to that question, preferring instead to retain the ambiguity of real-life audience readings and, indeed, the ambiguity of the texts themselves.
In order to give a really pat answer, we would be nailing lawyers' feet to the floor unnecessarily," she said.