Definition of “a cog in a/the machine” - English Dictionary

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“a cog in a/the machine” in British English

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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.

(Definition of “a cog in a/the machine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)