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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 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 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

a well-oiled machine

Someone or something that functions very well or efficiently. Trudy and I have been working together in the attendance office for so long, we're like a well-oiled machine at this point.
See also: machine

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

ghost in the machine

1. Human consciousness and thought as an entity distinct and separate from the body. Of course, our mental state is so inextricably linked to our physical state that it is at best purely speculative to think of the mind as some sort of ghost in the machine.
2. By extension, virtual consciousness resulting from artificial intelligence inside of a computer system. The novel, set in the very distant future, imagines a world where the line between human and artificial consciousness is blurred, leading many to wonder who is truly human, and who is simply a ghost in the machine.
See also: ghost, machine

lean, mean (something) machine

Someone or something who is prepared and able to work very hard, skillfully, and efficiently to do something. A humorous play on the phrase "lean, mean fighting machine." After 15 years of experience in this industry, our little firm has become a lean, mean bean-counting machine. This little barbecue might not look like much, but it's a lean, mean grilling machine!
See also: machine, mean

like a well-oiled machine

Said of someone or something that functions very well or efficiently. Trudy and I have been working together in the attendance office for so long, we're like a well-oiled machine at this point.
See also: like, machine

sex machine

1. Someone who engages in very frequent or vigorous sex. I've just never really been a sex machine. I prefer spending time with my romantic partners in other ways.
2. Someone who can provide frequent sexual satisfaction to their partner. There's a belief that all women want total sex machines for boyfriends and husbands, but that's simply not true.
See also: machine, sex

spin machine

A group, organization, or movement of people that collectively manages the way in which a piece of news or information is presented or interpreted so that it best serves their own interests. The company is a master spin machine, turning the most minor of successes into glorious accomplishments, while deflecting any failures as not being noteworthy. The president's spin machine was in full force again today, with every news outlet aligned with her arguing that the fresh allegations of financial misconduct are lies being perpetrated by foreign enemies of the government.
See also: machine, spin

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

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

the ghost in the machine

the mind viewed as distinct from the body.
This phrase was coined by the British philosopher Gilbert Ryle in The Concept of Mind ( 1949 ) for a viewpoint that he considered completely misleading.
See also: ghost, machine

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

sex-machine

n. a sexually promising person; a person obsessed with sex. Heidi looks like such a sex-machine, but she is a real wallflower.
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PHOTO : Note the wax chips on the side after milling machinable wax with a spindle.
(i) Section 2 explains the details for InterFacer Developed for STEP AP203/214 formats (IFST) (ii) Section 3 concentrates on Feature Identifier (FI) module for feature recognition process and explains in detail the methodologies employed for recognition of manufacturing features (iii) Section 4 describes the Machinable Volume Identifier for finish cut (MVI) of the feature recognition module and provides the various methodologies adopted to calculate the finish cut machinable volume (iv) Section 5 presents an case study of a industrial prismatic part and briefly explains the developed methodologies and (v) Section 6 is reserved for conclusions.
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widths, are fully machinable and reversible, providing more flexibility for each jaw set.
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Features include: adjustable preloaded movable jaw for fast part loading on the manual model, enclosed vise body to keep out chips and debris, and a quick change machinable jaw block system that comes with four sets of 7075 T-6 aluminum jaw blocks or four sets of ductile iron jaw blocks.
These products, along with their data sheets, will he displayed, including: Alumina and steatite standoffs available in an array of diameters, lengths and thread sizes; Alumina hex head bolts, nuts and washers available in sizes from 0-80 to 1/4-20; Alumina rods, tubes and plates available in a variety of sizes; and Machinable ceramic materials, including Bisque alumina available in rod or plate form and Grade A Lava available in rod, plate and block form.
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