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on automatic pilot

Definition of on automatic pilot in English:

Out of routine or habit, without concentration or conscious thought: I leapt out of bed and dressed on automatic pilot
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  • They often lead their private lives on automatic pilot, but many of them feel seriously deprived, because they don't have real emotional connections.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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