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English definition of “a cog in a/the machine”

a cog in a/the machine

disapproving
a member of a large organization whose job, although necessary, makes them feel as if they are not important: I decided to set up my own business because I was tired of just being a cog in a machine.People of little importance
(Definition of a cog in a/the machine from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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