company man


: a worker who acquiesces in company policy without complaint

Examples of company man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Charles Martinet, the Nintendo company man who has voiced English-language Mario since 1991, is-a retiring from doing the Mario voice. Vulture, 21 Aug. 2023 There's the jealous religious leaders fearing loss of power, the company man concerned about keeping his job and keeping order ... and a betrayer whose love of wealth overcomes his love for a friend. Lauren Green, Fox News, 4 Apr. 2023 Brian Cox, perfectly furious and blow-dried; future Oscar winner Chris Cooper, the company man with no moral compass beyond damage control; a young Josh Hamilton and Walton Goggins (hi, Uncle Baby Billy!) barking out Bourne sightings and location codes from their desk-duty chairs. Leah Greenblatt,, 15 June 2022 Dead and Company is down by one company man. Chris Willman, Variety, 5 Jan. 2022 Still, Daniels was initially set up as something of an antagonist to Detective Jimmy McNulty — a loyal company man reluctantly forced to supervise McNulty’s reckless quest to take down the local Barskdale drug crew by any means necessary. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2023 Mattinison was, perhaps, one of the last of an almost extinct genotype—the happy company man, the lifer. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2023 Pelé was the company man, Maradona was the outsider, their differences magnified by their petty long-standing quarrel over who was the better player. Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of company man was circa 1921

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“Company man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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