be part of the furniture

be part of the furniture

slang To be viewed as part of the surroundings because one has been in a particular job or place for a long time. I can't envision the company without Bill. I mean, the man has been here for 40 years—he's part of the furniture!
See also: furniture, of, part
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'There will be respect for his decision-making, but I can't just turn up and be part of the furniture because that is not part of my make up.