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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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Machining, like other value-adding services, is an excellent way to accomplish this prudent and strategically sensible objective.
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The FH-SX horizontal machining center from Toyoda Machinery USA (Arlington Heights, IL; www.toyoda.com).
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While it may seem that machining simulation is for larger companies only, Saini estimates that smaller automotive operations could cut tooling costs by 15 to 20% by switching from physical trials to simulations.
Problem: Figure 3 shows the component and the extensive machining for oil passages and cylinder bores that was required.
In other words, if it is possible to produce parts much more quickly--in one time study on an aluminum steering knuckle, the job required 143 seconds with machining centers and could be done in 45 seconds with three LTC six-spindle machines integrated with a rotary part transfer device--then the investment may be well spent, Benz adds, "Our machines are used where labor costs are high." Which means that they're used in places where the machinery and equipment need to be exceedingly productive.
A record year in '95 answered the timing question, and the machining knowledge was found in Chet Piechowiak, who Brown and Mike Mroczek, v.p./general manager, met in Notre Dame's Executive MBA program.
Utilizes CAD/CAM, CNC machining for high tolerances, and EDM machining for quality, interchangeability and tight tolerances.
Chiron America (Charlotte, NC; www.chironamerica.com), a specialist in CNC vertical machining centers, has launched a program wherein parts suppliers that don't want to carry big capital investments on their books agree to pay a per-part fee based on their unit production rather than paying upfront for a machining center.
At Ford's request, the firm also began providing complete machining and assembly in 1992.
The twin-spindle machines (38 kW each) have a dedicated servo-driven B-axis for each spindle, which means that there can be simultaneous machining of four sides of two different parts (e.g., left- and right-hand parts).
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Although people often talk about the flexibility of machining centers, one aspect that shouldn't be overlooked is that some of them offer the ability to go fast.
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