a fly on the wheel

a fly on the wheel

Someone who thinks they are more powerful than they really are. Yeah, you aren't responsible for all of these charitable donations—stop acting like a fly on the wheel. That guy's a total fly on the wheel, always acting like he gets all this stuff done on his own without the help of an entire team. Why must you act like a fly on the wheel? You know you're just building upon existing innovations in the field, right?
See also: fly, on, wheel
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a fly on the wheel

a person who overestimates their own influence.
This phrase stems from Aesop's fable of a fly sitting on the axletree of a moving chariot and saying, ‘See what a dust I raise’.
See also: fly, on, wheel
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