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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.