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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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The average labour productivity per person employed in industry was BGN 5,445 of GVA.
Child health, including neonatology, accounted for 62 new graduates, with just one employed outside DHBs.
In our study, we wish to analyze the effect of having an employed status on occurrence of recurrent premenstrual symptoms as this will allow better understanding of the psychological and physical aspect of the disease.
Related to their lower incomes, self-employed individuals are typically less educated than those employed full time for an employer or even the general population, but this varies considerably from region to region.
AMS EMPLOYING FAMILY MEMBERS Mohammad Asghar, Conservative, South Wales East: From October 2008 until February 2012 Mr Asghar employed wife Firdaus as a case worker for 22.
Fellow Nat Alex Neil has employed his wife Isabella as an office manager since 1999 while Sandra White's son Christopher has been her assistant since 2006.
The women averaged about 39 hours of work per week; 40% were employed as clerical workers, 30% as professional workers and 19% as manual laborers; 11% did not report their occupation.
The result being economic productivity is the difference between employee productivity (EPR) and average cost per person (ACP), multiplied by the number of people employed (P), or:
Fifty-six percent were employed in elementary assignments, defined as grade levels ranging from pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade.
The Department of Homeland Security employed 1,159 of the federal officers who were assaulted.
S Census) and show how the self-employed differ from those who are employed by local, state and federal governments and by private for-profit and not-for-profit companies.
The total number of employed individuals throughout Alaska has steadily grown in the period of one year.
For example, the Tax Court in Salkov (57 TC 727) found that a Jewish cantor who wasn't ordained but who had a bona fide commission and who was employed by a congregation on a full-time basis was a minister for tax purposes because he performed the religious worship, sacerdotal, training and educational function as specified by Jewish religious tenets.
This case study explores how Commander, Task Force 50 (CTF-50) during Operation Enduring Freedom employed innovative, network-enabled C2 capabilities.