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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
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Much depends on the company men are thrown into, and the extent to which the thing is carried.

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
  • All the government men and company men who were going out went on board ship.

  • Still with the thought of the company men in her mind, the girl saw only their usual courtesy.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • We called the Pikuni "our people," because nearly all of our company men in Fort Benton were married to women of that tribe.

    The War-Trail Fort James Willard Schultz
  • Close below the headlight was a moving shadow they finally made out as company men, they could not tell how many.

    Mountain Clement Wood
  • This train should be manned by monthly company men, preferably of the semi-official class.

  • And those who were designated as Free Traders would never fit into the pattern of company men.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • None of the company men ever come out here to look for themselves.

    Blue Goose Frank Lewis Nason
British Dictionary definitions for company men

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 men

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 men

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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