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.
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One specific form of community service that the courts need to consider is putting them to work in the very places they sought to disrupt.
Significantly, Francis also collected Italian artists, inviting them to France and usually putting them to work there.
To explain these findings, scientists devised the serial endosymbiosis theory, which essentially holds that primitive microbes evolved into more complex ones by swallowing other microbes and putting them to work as organelles.
Visioneer is pioneering innovative methods for getting paper documents into the computer and putting them to work," said Bruce Mowery, vice president of marketing, of Visioneer.
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