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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 small cog in a large 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 small cog in a large machine anymore!
See also: cog, large, machine, small

a small cog in a large 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 small cog in a large wheel anymore!
See also: cog, large, small, wheel

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

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

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

cog in the wheel

Also, cog in the machine. One who holds a minor but necessary post in a large organization, as in Frank knew he was just a cog in the wheel of this giant corporation. This term alludes to the role of the mechanical cog, one of the teeth on a wheel or gear that, by engaging other teeth, transmits or receives motion. Used figuratively since about 1930, it sometimes is put as small cog in a large wheel, emphasizing a person's lack of importance.
See also: cog, wheel

slip a cog

Also, slip a gear or one's gears . Lose one's ability to reason soundly or make correct judgments, as in She must have slipped a cog or she would never have gone out barefoot in December, or What's the matter with him? Has he slipped his gears? These slangy usages allude to a mechanical failure owing to the cog of a gear or a gear failing to mesh. The first dates from about 1930, the variant from the 1960s.
See also: cog, slip
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As the national infrastructure for pediatric cancer clinical and translational research, the COG is uniquely positioned to leverage its unparalleled, highly annotated bio-specimen resources to identify and validate specific gene polymorphisms which can then be prospectively utilized to select specific anti-leukemia therapies with the highest likelihood of success and with the lowest potential for acute and long term toxicities associated with therapy," according to Gregory Reaman, M.
1, Joint Doctrine for Campaign Planning, based upon Joint Pub 3-0, defines the COG similarly but replaces "locations" with the phrase "sources of strength.
As the COG moves rapidly, the momentum of the body acts as an additional destabilizing force.
As the CCs are degraded or denied, the enemy's COG is also degraded or denied.
The COG goal of making it possible for both the houses of Congress to be controlled by appointed members is a radical and dangerous proposition.
In addition, COG has entered into a memorandum of understanding ("MOU") with GE to expand its product and services to Greater China small and medium enterprises.
The COG construct is useful as an analytical tool to help JFCs and staffs analyze friendly and adversary sources of strength as well as weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
1, the trains are scheduled to pull all the way from North Conway to Fabyan Station, jumping-off point for the Mount Washington Hotel and the Cog Wheel Railway.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway announced the commencement of its daily trips to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast on the occasion of the 145th year of operation of the Cog.
COGCare has the negotiating and purchasing power of a major corporation because we are able to combine the strength of hundreds of governmental employers," said Jeff Smith, president of COGCare and the executive director of the Butler County COG.
Tenders are invited for Heavy Duty Steel Square Cog (Integrated) as per DGMS circular no.
Despite years of trying to brand the industrial port of Hull with a cog and "hull" written in lower case, councillor Andy Sloan admitted yesterday: "I don't believe the cog has done anything for the city.
The ICT COG was initiated by the regional development agency Advantage West Midlands to enable a representative body of the IT industry in the region to provide strategic advice to the public sector on investment decisions to aid in the region's economic development.
This provides for continuity of the legislative branch under dire circumstances--without subverting the mechanism of electoral accountability, as the COG elitists sought to do.