put (one) to work

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put (one) to work

To give one a particular task to do. We're here to help, so just put us to work wherever you need us. Whenever I come home for a visit, my mom wastes no time putting me to work—last time, I had to vacuum the whole house!
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Later I put one to work on my own range mounted onto one of my 5.
Instead, having rented Tri Lifters for previous overhead crane jobs from Riggers Manufacturing Company (Franksville, Wisconsin), they decided to put one to work again.