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employ a steam engine to crack a nut

To use excessive, overcomplicated, or extravagant means or force to accomplish something relatively minor or simple. With this new system of issuing licenses, the government has employed a steam engine to crack a nut: four separate departments now handle each stage of an application, when a single department could easily process applications from start to finish.
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employ (someone) as (something)

To employ someone in a particular role or job. I thought they were going to employ me as a file clerk, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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employ (someone) for (something)

To employ someone in a particular role or job. I thought they were just going to employ me for filing, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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employ (someone) in (something)

To employ someone to work in a certain area. I applied for the job as file clerk, but they employed me in data entry instead.
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employ someone as something

to pay someone to work in some capacity. I employed Fred as a personal secretary for about three months. Can you employ me as a stock clerk?
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employ someone for something

to hire someone for a particular purpose. I employ him for special chores around the factory. Kelly employed Walter for emergency repairs on the night shift.
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employ someone in something

to pay someone to work in a particular type of work. I employ Tom in machine maintenance. Laura is employed in accounting.
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Furthermore, state GA programs serve a mix of families, disabled people, and individuals considered employable (Gallagher, Uccello, Pierce, & Reidy, 1999).
But despite its best efforts, it was proving impossible to find qualified, employable repairers or upholsterers to fill the empty posts.
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When she suggested the international exchange program as part of her vocational training, her VR counselor agreed that it would be an added asset to her education endeavors by increasing her Spanish skills and disability knowledge, both of which would ultimately make her more employable as a teacher.
In Spear's vision, they were to function not only as employment agencies but also as guarantors that schools turned out employable deaf graduates.
With 24 segments and 10/100Mbps auto-sensing ports, these dual-speed switches are employable and manageable in areas of data traffic where network regulation and segmentation are needed to smooth network traffic.
To be instantly employable has replaced job security as .
At that point PNBS would be equal to world-class, government-supported academies as they continue to develop fully trained, employable dancers ready to interpret the work of any choreographer, past or present.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today launched its Be Employable initiative to help in sustaining the infrastructure professions.