company man


Definition of company man

: a worker who acquiesces in company policy without complaint

Examples of company man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At age 42, Brady is no longer playing the company man., "Patriots receivers catch more heat than passes from Tom Brady - The Boston Globe," 3 Dec. 2019 The 1980s saw the inscrutable foreigner with his secret allegiance to the emperor evolve into the company man with an obsessive allegiance to work. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The Factory Is a Chilling Account of the Contemporary Workplace," 2 Dec. 2019 Asked about not pitching, Cole, who has spent two seasons in Houston after five in Pittsburgh, was a company man. Cindy Boren,, "Gerrit Cole moves on from Astros: ‘Technically, I’m unemployed’," 31 Oct. 2019 The Jagat Seths then bribed the company men to attack Siraj. Iain Murray, National Review, "The Rise of the East India Company Is Not a Cautionary Tale about Corporate Power," 2 Nov. 2019 But for Nike, Franklin’s rapid transformation from trusted company man to whistleblower has created what may be the worst legal and public relations crisis in the company’s history. oregonlive, "Bad blood, betrayal turns L.A. coach into Nike whistleblower," 7 Sep. 2019 Good for Kenny Stills, who’s not going to play company man. Conor Orr,, "Josh Allen’s Growing Confidence, Zeke Fires Back at Jerry Jones, More NFL Notes," 19 Aug. 2019 Law was a company man, but that company was Tajuan E. Law Inc. Chad Finn,, "There was no such thing as a game too big for Ty Law," 2 Aug. 2019 Brown’s long career at MGM came with a price—a reputation as a company man that did him no favors with critics who established directorial hierarchies. Scott Eyman, WSJ, "‘Clarence Brown’ Review: More Than a Company Man," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of company man

circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

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26 Dec 2019

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“Company man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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