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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

spin machine

A group, organization, or movement of people that collectively manages the way in which a piece of news or information is presented or interpreted so that it best serves their own interests. The company is a master spin machine, turning the most minor of successes into glorious accomplishments, while deflecting any failures as not being noteworthy. The president's spin machine was in full force again today, with every news outlet aligned with her arguing that the fresh allegations of financial misconduct are lies being perpetrated by foreign enemies of the government.
See also: machine, spin

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.
References in classic literature ?
If, for example, there should be a deposition of moisture upon the silk, and the machine begins to descend in consequence, there will be no necessity for discharging ballast to remedy the increase of weight, for it is remedied, or counteracted, in an exactly just proportion, by the deposit on the ground of just so much of the end of the rope as is necessary.
Just before day, we were all somewhat alarmed at some odd noises and concussions in the balloon, accompanied with the apparent rapid subsidence of the whole machine.
Now what have you got to say to my poor little machine after that?
Why, look here, Mr Usher," said Father Brown quietly, "you said the machine couldn't make a mistake; and in one sense it didn't.
His machine was, however neither bird-like nor butterfly-like, nor had it the wide, lateral expansion of the ordinary aeroplane.
Then one day he wrote to all the London papers to announce that he had made arrangements for an ascent from the Crystal Palace of a machine that would demonstrate satisfactorily that the outstanding difficulties in the way of flying were finally solved.
Butteridge, and the extraordinary terms he demanded for the secret of his machine.
It became evident these precautions were not inadvisable in view of the violent demand for any sort of photograph or impressions of his machine.
They flew--that was all right; they flew in machines heavier than air.
Pictures of flying and flying machines returned to the newspapers; articles and allusions increased and multiplied in the serious magazines.
Second, given that machine tools typically cost upwards of $500,000 and (as we've now seen) will generate only a few dollars of profit each year, the strong implication is that neither the return on an investment in machine tools, nor the resulting cash flows, will be very impressive.
A key reason is that every device on a network ends up with two addresses--its assigned Internet address (IP address), which can (and does) change as a machine logs into different networks, and the machine's unique media access control (MAC) address (which never changes).
Features: Preform adjustable rotation speed; molds heated to 125-165 C; light aluminum mold carriers; good machine accessability.
Precision in the performance of the machines: "It's something that people strive for every year," Warndorf says, adding that going forward this is likely to be an even-greater characteristic, especially as the machine builders face new competitors from China.
Trim widths: If the machine no longer matches trim widths with 30% or more of the grade's printing or converting lines, it has an unfixable problem and will be shoved around in the marketplace as an ever declining number of customers can use its full production.