a fly on the wheel(redirected from 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.
a fly on the wheela 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’.