a small cog in a large wheel

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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! Oh, I'm but a small cog in a large wheel—it took the whole team to get this product to market so quickly. They don't care about us interns at all. We're just small cogs in a large wheel, doing all the printing and copying without any recognition whatsoever.
See also: cog, large, small, wheel
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