company man

noun

Definition of company man

: a worker who acquiesces in company policy without complaint

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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, SI.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 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, chicagotribune.com, "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, SI.com, "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

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First Known Use of company man

circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

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