use (someone or something) as (something)

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use (someone or something) as (something)

To make use of someone or something in the function, capacity, or role of something else. Please don't use my CDs as coasters—you'll scratch them up! I thought we had a real connection, but she was just using me as a means of meeting my uncle who works for Microsoft.
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use someone or something as something

to make someone or something function as something. (See also use someone or something as an excuse.) You have used me as your tool! I don't like your using my car as your private taxi.
See also: use
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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