a cog in the machine

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a cog in the machine

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a cog in the machine anymore!
See also: cog, machine

a cog in the machine/wheel

one part of a large system or organization He was just a small cog in the large wheel of organised crime. This warehouse is an important cog in our distribution machine.
See also: cog, machine
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The moneyball philosophy should no longer be excluded from any major league organization, but, as mentioned, it's a cog in the wheel.
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