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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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In May, the Daily Post's sister newspaper the Western Mail approached all of the AMs employing family members and asked if they would tell how much they were choosing to pay them.
Director Alexandra Runswick said: "The ban on new MPs employing family members reflects the public's concerns about nepotism and the potential abuse of public money.
This case study explored in detail the increased mission effectiveness that USAF F-15Cs employing data links achieved in comparison to F-15Cs using voice only communications.
Investigators always should assume that subjects engaged in operational, terrorist, or criminal activity will attempt to detect surveillance by employing a variety of methods and techniques.
Spicer Axle Division in Fort Wayne, which makes light car and truck axles, employing 2,515; and ITT Aerospace Communications Division, also in Fort Wayne, making tactical communications equipment and employing 2,000.
The FOX network has more minority actors than any of its three major competitors, employing 121 minorities in a regular or recurring role last season.
Also, a manufacturer based in Lexington, Kentucky, is interested in employing 1,000 Jamaican workers in the next six to nine months.
Minimum wage laws set a lower limit for all organizations, efficiency wage policies or job-based pay structures restrict or eliminate lower-wage jobs, and inseparabilities of worker outputs often rule out the use of individual piece rates to lower the costs of employing less productive workers (Alchian and Demsetz 1972).
IN THE 1990S, HOSPITALS and health systems took an aggressive approach to purchasing practice assets and employing primary care physicians.
Already employing and accustomed to managing individuals with finely honed editorial skills, newsletter publishers may find opportunities to take over such operations through facilities management agreements--and in other ways to pursue what has always been the mandate of newsletter publishing: to gather, report and evaluate what's new in the worlds they cover.
This arrangement proved so effective, both in employing blind people and providing the government with quality merchandise, that other disability organizations sought to amend the Act to employ people with other kinds of disabilities.
South Tyneside has seen the biggest increase in businesses employing fewer than five people in the area, with the proportion of these businesses increasing by 7.7% since 2010.
The 2009 report recommended that MPs who had family members on their staff should be able to continue employing them for one further Parliament or five years.
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