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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

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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Both [COG and problem] are important to developing the operational approach, but the caution to planners is that jumping to COG analysis too early in design [specifically understanding the environmental step] can constrain creative thinking about the problem.
Archdeacon Lynne McNaughton, of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and the Yukon, said she was in favour of keeping the report confidential only until CoGS as a body has received it and has had a chance to have a discussion about what the implications are.
He advocates tracing multiple COGs back to a single one whenever possible.
199-4(b)(l) anticipates a situation in which gross receipts related to the manufacture of qualified production property might be included in the computation of DPGR in a year different from the COGS related to that property--such as in the case of income recognized for advance payments.
However, because definitions are not clear, logical, precise, or testable, and a doctrine does not provide a practical identification method, planners lack the understanding and focus needed to meet the intent of the COG concept.
It took a while for CoGS to achieve consensus on the matter, as members expressed varying opinions.
With guidance from Larry Goggins, the president of Pennsylvania COG and the Beaver County Regional COG; and Robert Callen, executive director of the Lawrence County Regional COG and the Beaver County Regional COG - COGCare was formed.
In the revision of the manual, the Marine Corps accepted COGs into its doctrine--but only if used as a partner to an enemy's critical vulnerabilities.
The "100% Range" column shows the entire range of reporte COGs expenditures; the "50% Range" column shows expenditures reported by the middle 50% of companies in the category.
If the scale of operations increases and higher capacity equipment is deployed in emerging nations such as China and India, the characteristic COGS in these parts of the world will drop even further.
Bishop Paterson was invited to attend the CoGS meeting, held Nov.
In a resolution, CoGS said it supported the appointment "with the understanding" that financial arrangements are being reviewed by the financial management and development committee, the native bishop is "responsible to the primate," the timing of his or her appointment "will rest with the primate" and that the primate will determine, in consultation with the house of bishops and dioceses what the (native bishop's) relationship would be with the dioceses and provinces of the church.
Some CoGS members opposed the decision to infuse Letting Down the Nets with funds from undesignated bequests.
All Toons quickly discover that the Cogs are attempting to turn the colorful world of Toontown into a black and white metropolis of skyscrapers and businesses.
At the same time, CoGS approved a budget that anticipates revenues of $9.