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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 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

slip a cog

To become mentally unbalanced, disturbed, or confused. Usually used humorously or facetiously. Sorry, I must have slipped a cog, because I have no idea what I was talking about just now. Grandpa, I think you've slipped a cog—I've never heard of that movie and I can't find it anywhere online!
See also: cog, slip

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

cog in the wheel (or machine

) a person who plays a small mundane (perhaps vital but generally unacknowledged or unappreciated) role in a large enterprise.
See also: cog, machine, wheel

a cog in the maˈchine/ˈwheel

(informal) a person who plays a small part in a large organization or plan: The firm tries hard to make its employees feel that they are more than simply cogs in the wheel.
See also: cog, machine, wheel
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We might do better, therefore, to seek an ideological COG.
That COG was able to create such a vehicle through RICCs, and see it pass its baptism during the serial sniper episode, remains the payoff for the thousands of hours invested in the creation of RECP and RICCs.
Such a stance places the COG in a forward position--that is, at or close to the anterior periphery of the limits of stability.
This definition is a simple declarative statement of what a COG is.
Various methodologies exist in doctrine that attempt to describe the practical application of the COG concept for use by planners.
5) The nature of these operations has meant that COG analysis often had to be applied more flexibly than the JMAP doctrine seemed to intend (for example, by being applied to nonadversarial actors within an area of operations).
How do we apply the concept, whether in terms of COG or 'point of effort' to non-state, trans-national actors and groups that have shown remarkable, protean resilience at surviving the application of force, even when such application has been targeted and selective and even degraded their leadership?
10) It falls outside the scope of this paper to discuss why Strange does not use the current US joint definition, but he argues convincingly that his definition is more faithful to Clausewitz's COG concept and, more importantly, a lot easier to understand and use in the subsequent COG analysis.
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.
GAO was asked to (1) assess whether the federal funds were being obligated and expended by the District government and COG consistent with provisions in the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2004, and the spending plans that were submitted to the Congress; (2) determine whether internal controls were operating effectively over the obligations and disbursements; and (3) assess the extent to which the District government and COG have implemented the foster care improvement programs and initiatives specified in the act and spending plans.
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.
Former Hart High standout Jason Gore got off to his best PGA Tour start of the season Thursday, when he shot 5-under-par 67 to claim a share of fifth place in the 100th Western Open at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill.