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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 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

slip a cog

To become mentally unbalanced, disturbed, or confused. Usually used humorously or facetiously. Sorry, I must have slipped a cog, because I have no idea what I was talking about just now. Grandpa, I think you've slipped a cog—I've never heard of that movie and I can't find it anywhere online!
See also: cog, slip

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

slip a cog

Also, slip a gear or one's gears . Lose one's ability to reason soundly or make correct judgments, as in She must have slipped a cog or she would never have gone out barefoot in December, or What's the matter with him? Has he slipped his gears? These slangy usages allude to a mechanical failure owing to the cog of a gear or a gear failing to mesh. The first dates from about 1930, the variant from the 1960s.
See also: cog, slip

cog in the wheel (or machine

) a person who plays a small mundane (perhaps vital but generally unacknowledged or unappreciated) role in a large enterprise.
See also: cog, machine, wheel

a cog in the maˈchine/ˈwheel

(informal) a person who plays a small part in a large organization or plan: The firm tries hard to make its employees feel that they are more than simply cogs in the wheel.
See also: cog, machine, wheel
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8) The first question facing the ADF was whether to keep COG analysis in doctrine at all.
199-4(b)(2)(ii)(B), the portion of its COGS related to these prior-period costs should be allocated to non-DPGR because the costs were related to activities that generated gross receipts before the enactment of Sec.
After clarifying the relationships between strategic COGs and strategies, the paper now discusses how to affect the adversary's COGs most efficiently.
As in the mechanical sciences, therefore, Clausewitz's military COGs have a centripetal quality; they represent a focal point--a location where forces come together.
Since the proposed definition links the COG to objectives, capabilities, and available means, it allows for changing COGs in dynamic environments where ends, ways, and means constantly change.
Prior to the letter ruling, Texas correctly reasoned that allowing a beginning inventory amount would allow amounts incurred but not expensed in a prior year to be part of the Texas COGS equation.
The determination of both CSs and CWs is crucial not only because it narrows down the list of potential COGs (COG comes from a list of CSs), but also because the list of CWs will support determination of CVs later in the methodology.
CoGS did not indicate what these "other options" might be, but the message was clearly a response to an earlier statement it received from the House of Bishops that a vote to allow same-sex marriage was "not likely to pass in the Order of Bishops.
Technical questions concerning the RFQ will be answered at a pre-proposal briefing to be held at COG on April 26, 2016, at 10:00am.
199-3(g)(3), the in-whole-or-in-significant-part requirement is met if the taxpayer's direct labor and overhead related to a QPP item accounts for 20% or more of its COGS or, in a transaction without COGS (e.
The COGS listed Propess as a recommended product for cervical dilation in guidelines for induction of delivery and Anpo as a recommended intervention to prolong gestation in guidelines for pre-term labor.
Canon Robert Falby, commission chair, said the report's early release would give CoGS "a two-month advantage," since it was not expected until November.
First, commanders and staff cannot properly identify enemy COGs until after they have defined the problem.
Taxpayers generally must specifically identify COGS directly allocable to DPGR and a ratable portion of other deductions not directly traceable to DPGR or another income class (Prop.
Additionally, the cost and availability of various inputs such as recycled resin, indigenous fibers, additives, inexpensive labor, capital for plant and equipment, all impact the COGS characteristic of WPC decking profile manufactures around the globe.