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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

ghost in the machine

1. Human consciousness and thought as an entity distinct and separate from the body. Of course, our mental state is so inextricably linked to our physical state that it is at best purely speculative to think of the mind as some sort of ghost in the machine.
2. By extension, virtual consciousness resulting from artificial intelligence inside of a computer system. The novel, set in the very distant future, imagines a world where the line between human and artificial consciousness is blurred, leading many to wonder who is truly human, and who is simply a ghost in the machine.
See also: ghost, 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

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

the ghost in the machine

the mind viewed as distinct from the body.
This phrase was coined by the British philosopher Gilbert Ryle in The Concept of Mind ( 1949 ) for a viewpoint that he considered completely misleading.
See also: ghost, machine

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

sex-machine

n. a sexually promising person; a person obsessed with sex. Heidi looks like such a sex-machine, but she is a real wallflower.
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By using these methodologies, the Feature Identifier (FI) generates the data in the text file and passes the information to the next module namely the Machinable Volume Identifier for Finish cut (MVI) for further processing.
B) Protrusion type features obtained as material left behind after removing the machinable volumes surrounding it e.
These sealants are multi-layer co-extruded formulations that can be applied to variety of different base materials, to create easily machinable flexible composites with a wide range of barrier properties.
The technology has superior compressive strength making it suitable for weight and non-weight bearing bones, and is both machinable and drillable.
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Quadrant of Reading, Pennsylvania, USA, has announced that its Nylatron NSM machinable nylon grade is available in a broader range of tubular shapes that can be more effectively machined into bearings, bushings, and wear parts.
Durethane C can be produced either as machinable solid thermoset polyurethane or as foam.
The clamping mechanism has a built-in "third-hand" for easy and accurate part loading, and the machinable jaws can be changed in seconds.
The inserts are offered in a hardness of either 60 Rc or a more machinable 40 Rc, which costs 20% less.
Durethane C is a machinable solid thermoset polyurethane that can be formulated with a wide range of conductivity and durometers.
After they discovered what lead does at the atomic level to make steel more machinable, they decided that tin would be the most suitable replacement.
While this encourages the search for materials such as machinable copper alloys that offer a better price performance ratio, an increasing number of European and North American vendors are setting up bases in Asia in order to reduce manufacturing costs.
Tenders invited for Low heat input electrode for welding dissimilar steels and for machinable build up on die and tool steels.
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