a fly on the wheel

a fly on the wheel

Someone who thinks they are more powerful than they really are. Yeah, you aren't responsible for all of these charitable donations—stop acting like a fly on the wheel.
See also: fly, on, wheel

a fly on the wheel

a person who overestimates their own influence.
This phrase stems from Aesop's fable of a fly sitting on the axletree of a moving chariot and saying, ‘See what a dust I raise’.
See also: fly, on, wheel