company man


Definition of company man

: a worker who acquiesces in company policy without complaint

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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 Shine was seen as a low-key executive and company man at Fox News, serving as co-president of the network before leaving. Josh Dawsey,, "President Trump in talks with former Fox News executive Bill Shine about joining White House," 27 June 2018 Former Madrid defender Fernando Hierro, a solid RFEF company man with all of one season of Segunda División managerial experience under his belt, took over. Brian Straus,, "Dogged Russia Continues World Cup Run, Brings Spain's Celebrated Era to an End," 1 July 2018 The three-martini lunch may be remembered as an anachronistic ritual during which backslapping company men escaped a swallowing sense of existential pointlessness. Adam Sternbergh, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Drinking at Lunch," 23 May 2018 Despite his deference to the chain of command, McMaster was not a company man in the narrow sense that the Army wanted. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "McMaster and Commander," 23 Apr. 2018 Barbara convinced a few company men to transfer their business to her. Longreads, "Life on the Oil Frontier," 23 Apr. 2018 Becoming the type of company man that former Penske champion and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears has become is something for which Castroneves yearns. Brant James, USA TODAY Sports, "James: Helio Castroneves embraces future with Penske ... whatever it may hold," 18 Sep. 2017 Mnuchin, by contrast, is often viewed as a company man -- regurgitating talking points even in private discussions. Sara Murray And Jeff Zeleny, CNN, "Mnuchin's blunders bolstering Cohn's stock as tax reform looms," 14 Sep. 2017

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circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

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