a cog in the wheel

a cog in the wheel

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 wheel anymore!
See also: cog, wheel
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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.