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pat answer

A very simple, concise, or straightforward answer, especially one that fails to fully or adequately explain or respond to something. As tempting as it may be to give your kids a pat answer about simply avoiding drugs and sex when the time comes to have that conversation, you're doing them and yourself a disservice by skirting around such a nuanced, personal topic. The politicians always give the same pat answers whenever they're asked about the state of our healthcare system. I just want someone who's going to actually do a damned thing to improve it!
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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.
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There are no pat answers and no sudden revelations to Missing Bones: just a quiet and realistic progression towards connections which demonstrate that what is missing is more than a pet or basic family connection.
Are we willing to give up the security of pat answers and a narrowly defined Catholicism to wrestle with the complexities of the day and the signs of the times?
They have provided their usual pat answers to the concerns raised by those who responded to the consultation and, just as they did in the Rhondda, will do what they want regardless.
Spike takes many unexpected twists and turns which lends it a satisfying flavor because it mimics the puzzles and avenues of life and holds no pat answers or happy endings that aren't hard-fought for.
There are no pat answers here as each character strives for a happy ending; they "make difficult decisions and learn to live with the consequences, joy and bitterness mixed equally" (Nashville Scene).
Raising questions is second nature, as is challenging pat answers.
Says one hiring executive: To avoid hearing stock answers, ask the same question three times in a row--such as "Tell me about a time when you failed." By the time they give their third example, they will have run out of pat answers, the executive says.
Most of us run from those issues, back to our pat answers about politics, race, religion, class, culture - whatever floats our individual boats.
This is nonsense because simplistic, pat answers squash creativity, inhibit learning, and keep us from coming up with new ideas and ways of doing things.
This is not a faith that gives pat answers of "it is God's will" but a faith that allows, that dares to allow, space for the unknown, for mystery and questions.
So it's fitting that, even on a plot level, Blomkamp is too smart to settle for pat answers. For example, if Chappie is virtuous, then he shouldn't be a criminal, but Blomkamp doesn't go the other way and say he should be a robot policeman.
When she sits down with Koons--who is a millionaire many times over for his art--she gently reminds him that she is "familiar with his famous adages and anecdotes so it would be great if he could resist his penchant for reiterating them and answer my questions as directly as possible." She gets points for trying to draw more than pat answers from a man who, by virtue of his wild success, no longer needs to answer for anything.
Proving yet again there are no pat answers in digital publishing and journalism, a project at Temple University in Philadelphia is shuttering its AxisPhilly.com local-news site but is going to support a new site to be launched by Jim Brady, the news executive who has had his last two projects shot out from under him.
There are no pat answers here; no formula approaches that would lend too much predictability to events.
The discussion aims to stir the public discourse rather than give pat answers or prescriptions.