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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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engine room

The main source of talent, power, or ability in a team or group, likened to the room that houses a ship's engine. Sarah is our engine room, so with her injured, I'm not sure how we'll be able to win on Saturday.
See also: engine, room
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The engine came to a pause in its vicinity, with the usual tremendous shriek.
The engine now announced the close vicinity of the final station-house by one last and horrible scream, in which there seemed to be distinguishable every kind of wailing and woe, and bitter fierceness of wrath, all mixed up with the wild laughter of a devil or a madman.
The prince's subjects are now pretty numerously employed about the station-house, some in taking care of the baggage, others in collecting fuel, feeding the engines, and such congenial occupations; and I can conscientiously affirm that persons more attentive to their business, more willing to accommodate, or more generally agreeable to the passengers, are not to be found on any railroad.
All three engines are at work, for the sooner we have skated over this thin ice the better.
With the subsistence of the sea, we were able to go to work upon the damaged engines to some effect, and I also set men to examining the gravitation-screen generators with a view to putting them in working order should it prove not beyond our resources.
For two weeks we labored at the engines, which indisputably showed evidence of having been tampered with.
The work upon the engines had progressed to such an extent that within a few hours we might expect to be able to proceed under our own power westward in the direction of Pan-American waters.
They've repaired the engines and the generators both," exclaimed one of the men.
5-liter engine with the ethanol fuel would narrow the gap in performance and remain cost-effective for the teams.
Here's the good news for recycling companies In the United States, the burden of meeting emission standards is squarely on the shoulders of the engine manufacturer.
But Tier 3 requirements forced manufacturers to take a big leap in engine development.
Users set the snow discharge distance(3)(up to 21 meters)(4), and the engine maintains maximum power output based on the specified snow discharge distance, ensuring high operating efficiency.
There have been a number of improvements in the modern diesel engine in the last few years," says Phil Lake, chief engineer, Diesel Engineering, at Ford.
Upon aircraft design, two companies were commissioned to construct the engines: Rolls Royce, Derby, England, which produced previous Airbus engines; and the Engine Alliance, East Hartford, Conn.
That led to my interest in starting a business for myself, eventually in the IT field and in Search Engine Optimization.