One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small or insignificant member of a larger organization or system.‘copywriters have been seen as just a cog in the big advertising machine’
- ‘It like to think that, as a cog in the machine, I did my bit to keep those wheels turning faster and faster.’
- ‘Why be a cog in the machine when you can be a spanner in the works?’
- ‘Running your own organisation is a big change from just being a cog in the machine.’
- ‘As he becomes proletarianized, he becomes understandable: a cog in a machine.’
- ‘At the time, however, my dad deplored the feeling that he was becoming just another number in an impersonal organization, a cog in the machine.’
- ‘His colleagues said he was being treated like "a cog in a machine".’
- ‘Curiously for a country long considered a cog in the wheel of global capitalism, Schröder's tact might just work.’
- ‘I don't like being a cog in the machine.’
- ‘Everyone is a cog in the wheel.’
- ‘They assume that each worker is not a unique individual, but rather a cog in the wheel.’
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