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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

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.
The topics include synthesizing ceramic materials from waste residues, the synthesis of scandium oxide nanoparticles from solution, the synthesis and luminescence properties of rare-earth doped gadolinium silicon oxynitrde with cuspidine structure, the influence of energy input on suspension properties, new low-toxic water soluble monomers for gelcasting ceramic powders, pulsed electric current sintering of electrical discharge machinable ceramics, and effects of two-step sintering in the microstructure of ultrafine alumina.
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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.
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the new Ren Shape 5008 system consists of a machinable epoxy-based modeling board and Ren-Weld 5008 bonding adhesive for joining the boards into a machinable block.
A high performance epoxy casting system is formulated as a companion product for the company's Ren Shape-Express 2000 machinable moldmaking material.
To meet the large load and small space requirements for the collider, Superbolt required steel with a particularly high hardness rating that also could be machinable.
San Leandro excels in customer service and their collective experience and wide array of plastic solutions will help customers find the right machinable, thermoformable or finished plastic materials and parts.
com, a multimedia website to inform engineers, designers, and machinists about its machinable Torlon PAI.
In the case of letter-sized mail that is not uniform in thickness, such as greeting card packages or other premiums, some packages could see 100-percent jumps as a result of a new category, Not Flat Machinable.
The clamping mechanism has a built-in "third-hand" for easy and accurate part loading, and the machinable jaws can be changed in seconds.