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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 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 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This means that the Brexit Party employs as many family members as it has AMs.
Mr Campbell told ChronicleLive he employed his wife on a part-time basis on a salary of PS8,000 a year, after a previous secretary didn't work out.
The Register also shows that Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said he employed his daughter Emily Campbell as a part-time adminsitrative assistant between January and March 2017.
The four Labour members who did not answer included Hugh Henry, whose sister-inlaw Lindsay McAlpine has been his office manager since 2000, and James Kelly, who employs his wife Alexa as office manager.
Charlotte Atkins (Lab Staffordshire *Moorlands) employs her husband Gus Brain as a part-time senior researcher and Parliamentary assistant.
Mark Pritchard (Con, The Wrekin) employs his wife Sondra Pritchard as office manager.
The Labour MSPs include Rhona Brankin, who employed her daughter Ruth, Helen Eadie, who employs husband Robert, Charles Gordon, who employs son Gavin's IT firm, Hugh Henry, who employs his sister-in-law Lindsay McAlpine, Cathy Jamieson, who employs son Michael Sharpe, and Andy Kerr, who employs wife Susan.
Iain Wright, also pictured, MP for Hartlepool since 2004, employs his wife Tiffany as a caseworker.
S employed N (and possibly others) to prepare tax returns.
Eileen Renowden, vice president for financial services at Dial America, a Mahwah, N.J., telemarketing firm that employs 8,000 telephone sales reps at 60 call centers in locations such as Tempe, Ariz., Bloomington, Ind., and Scranton, Pa., says: "These are good people with a great work ethic." Dial America, which makes calls on behalf of a raft of clients--including financial services firms, high-speed internet access providers and magazine publishers--has not had layoffs.
On pass, he will carry out a zone technique not unlike the one employed from the seven-yard cushion look.
For the nine-week run in New York, the show employs eighty Rockettes as well as a highly trained ensemble of fifty dancers, both male and female.
Major Fort Wayne expansions totaling nearly $10 million include: Mobile Tool International, which employs 200 and makes truck-mounted aerial lifts; Poly Hi Solidur, which makes chemical- and corrosion-resistant polymers and employs 60; and Alconex Specialty Products, which employs 32 and makes aluminum and copper magnet wire, hollow conductors and exchangers.
To minimize this apprehension, the law enforcement community should establish not only firm guidelines on the use of force, but also on the method it employs to evaluate the effectiveness and judiciousness of such actions.
To meet subscriber demands, he explained, Phillips employs "multiple points of entry." As direct delivery channels, these include traditional online, internet web and e-mail, and Adobe Acrobat .pdf attachments.