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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put/set somebody to ˈwork (on something)

make somebody start work (doing something): On his first day in the office they put him to work on some typing.
See also: put, set, somebody, to, work
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CNP loved the eDIVO idea and it fit into the Sea Warrior proposal so he put us to work to create a prototype effort, not only with the end goal of developing eDIVO, but to see if we could create a process to make mobile apps quickly and inexpensively.
"Build our country, put us to work and get America moving again and help future generations move forward in the process." Foxx warned that if Washington continues to only think short term, it will endanger the economic recovery with an outdated transport system.
10 til 2 caters specifically to "mothers and others." So it seemed sensible to absorb some knowledgeable perspective on where women stand as times, markets and standards continually change from the women who put us to work.
On ecology, for example, it correctly notes that capitalists 'hired our parents to destroy this world, and now they'd like to put us to work rebuilding it, and - to add insult to injury - at a profit' (pp.75-6).
If you want to make a dent in Lane County unemployment, put us to work," he said.
Or pick up on those enigmatic law-gospel words from Jesus: "everyone who sins is slave to sin" and "if the Son sets you free you are indeed free." Fill in what Jesus leaves blank: name our sin-masters and reveal to us concretely and really how they bind us and put us to work in their service.
He quickly put us to work, teaching us how to splice cable.
Walt put us to work on a show called 'Disneyland After Dark,' and it was there that Andy Williams' father heard us, and told Andy to put us on his show.
Our host put us to work and the cooking went on for hours with all of us trying to make our own specialities.
``Alan just put us to work recording all the time, '' says Alex, from Penyffordd.
* Pull interested taxpayers together and put us to work as volunteers.
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In any case, she put us to work gathering spiritual bouquets.
"In order to keep us occupied, he put us to work to help him make drawings, although he probably threw them away the next day.'