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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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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.
On the issue of group leader and Assembly Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies employing his wife, the spokesman said: "Andrew RT Davies allocates his staff evenly between his Assembly and regional offices - as is common practice amongst all political parties.
The county's largest industrial employers, employing about 700 each, include Nabisco in Kendallville, which makes marshmallows; Group Dekko Industries, which operates a number of divisions at several Kendallville sites, with products that include wire harnessing and plastic injection molding; and Guardian Industries in Ligonier, an auto-glass fabricator.
3) Trained but Not Justified: The officer employed use of force that was a trained technique recognized and authorized by the employing agency.
In Europe, plants are located in Finland, employing 100 people, and in Sweden, which employs 116 more people.
The seven Labour AMs who ad- mitted employing members of their families refused to respond to our survey individually, instead issuing a group-wide statement, which read: "All Labour AMs have undertaken the proper Assembly procedures with regards to employing a family member.
There is no suggestion any other of the 106 MPs to declare their interests sinceApril1have broken the rules, and all nine Welsh MPs have always been open about employing relatives.
FDRCRYPT employing its internal software algorithms already offers users AES-128, a US Government standard for providing extremely secure encryption of classified as well as unclassified data.
And according to new research from the Welsh Assembly Government, nearly a third [32%] of people are employed in micro-businesses - ranging from sole traders to those employing less than 10 staff.
BOSTON -- Leading downstream processors are employing ToolsGroup technology to limit urgent production runs and operate leaner, more efficient supply chains.
company employing more than 25,000 people who live and work in some 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom.
PlugLink(TM) Ethernet Wall Mount (PL9641-ETH) offers home and office users the simplicity of employing existing electrical wires as the network conduit via PLC technology.
The trend was most evident for group physician practices employing three or more physicians: the percentage of these group practices employing non-physician providers such as PAs grew from 53 percent in 1997 to 66 percent in 2001.
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