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company man

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noun
  1. an employee whose allegiance to his employer comes before personal beliefs or loyalty to fellow workers.

Origin of company man

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for company man

company man

noun
  1. an employee who puts allegiance to the company for which he works above personal opinion or friendship
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Idioms and Phrases with company man

company man

A male worker more loyal to management than to his fellow workers; also, one who informs on fellow employees. For example, He'll never join in a strike; he's a company man. Dating from the 1920s, a period of considerable labor unrest, this term uses company in the sense of “a business concern” and was often applied as a criticism by supporters of labor unions.

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