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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 hire someone for 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 hire someone for 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 hire 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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Arguably the oddest example of an AM employing a relative is Labour AM Mike Hedges' employment of his wife as an office cleaner for an hour a week.
Peter Luff (Con, Mid Worcestershire) said the practice of MPs employing their spouses had probably saved marriages.
This case study explores how Navy Special Warfare Group One is employing network-centric warfare capabilities in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.
Among the most welcome news is the arrival of Exel Logistics, the warehousing company for General Mills, which is taking over the 765,000-square-foot former Nestle facility in Fort Wayne, employing 10.
Employing a live-in servant was particularly important to distinguish the white-collar group, in cluding civil servants, from that of the working class in Belgium.
We believe that employing a nine-man front with quick corner support justifies the manner in which we utilize the safeties.
1) Trained and Justified: The officer employed use of force that was a trained technique recognized and authorized by the employing agency.
IN THE 1990S, HOSPITALS and health systems took an aggressive approach to purchasing practice assets and employing primary care physicians.
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.
The Fund's superior risk-adjusted return is a testament to the work of the portfolio managers employing complementary and lowly correlated investment strategies" said Stephen J.
company employing more than 22,000 Americans who live and work in some 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Corbett Technologies, based in Alexandria, Virginia, and employing more than 100 people, was founded in April 1994 and focuses on safeguarding information systems by providing full-service Information Assurance solutions.
Corbett Technologies, based in Alexandria, Virginia, and employing 100 people, was founded in April 1994 and focuses on safeguarding information systems by providing full-service Information Assurance solutions.
According to the report, "California's Wireless Wonders: A Study of California's Wireless Industry," California's wireless sector represents a significant technology area, employing more than 60,000 in the state.
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