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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 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

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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While coarse graphite, generally due to excessive carbon equivalent, can lead to graphite tear-out on machined surfaces, this was clearly not involved here.
In addition, a complete range of custom work is offered, providing the moldmaker with special mold bases machined according to design.
Molds are made from cast and machined aluminum or chrome-plated, heat-treated steel.
Manufactures custom injection mold bases and offers a complete line of machining services, which allow bases to be machined so that the toolmaker has only to install the tooling.
But low-volume patterns can be economically machined from a wax that was first developed for use in proofing NC machining programs.
As the pattern is machined, all machine movements are recorded on a computer disk or can be preprogrammed for any NC machine.
Another feature of this process is that patterns can be machined in segments, then wax welded together to form a full-sized part, allowing highly complex parts to be cast.