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company man

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Sinkers was telegraph messenger, and was strictly a company man in spite of everything.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • The company man picked himself up, rubbing his hand across his mouth.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • The company man sounded angry; the man he was talking to sounded even angrier.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • The company man motioned the guards into the room, peered suspiciously at Greg and Johnny.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • I shall want the dug-out that the company man left here last Spring.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • A company man, his tunic shabby and open in a negligent fashion at his thick throat, stood waiting for them.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • "We can make them of wood," I suggested, remembering the tale of a company man.

    With the Indians in the Rockies James Willard Schultz
British Dictionary definitions for company man

company man

an employee who puts allegiance to the company for which he works above personal opinion or friendship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for company man

company man

noun phrase

One who is, esp from the point of view of union members, devoted to the interests of the employer (1920+ Labor union)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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