a small cog in a large machine

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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
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Judge Martin Walsh told 26 year old illegal immigrant Hoal Tran he accepted she was a "relatively small cog in a large machine.
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