press something into service

press something into service
press (something) into service to use something for an unusual purpose.

A few buses and trucks were pressed into service, but the vast majority of refugees walked.


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  • press someone into service — press (someone) into service to persuade or force someone to do something. Murphy pressed his sister into service to do the research …   New idioms dictionary

  • press something into service — …   Useful english dictionary

  • press someone or something into service — press (someone or something) into service : to use (someone or something) for a particular job or purpose when a special need occurs Retired doctors and nurses were pressed into service to help care for the wounded. The backup computer was… …   Useful english dictionary

  • press into service — press (something) into service to use something for an unusual purpose. A few buses and trucks were pressed into service, but the vast majority of refugees walked …   New idioms dictionary

  • press into service — press (someone or something) into service : to use (someone or something) for a particular job or purpose when a special need occurs Retired doctors and nurses were pressed into service to help care for the wounded. The backup computer was… …   Useful english dictionary

  • press into service — press (someone) into service to persuade or force someone to do something. Murphy pressed his sister into service to do the research …   New idioms dictionary

  • press — press1 W2S2 [pres] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(news)¦ 2 get/be given a bad press 3 get/have a good press 4¦(printing)¦ 5¦(machine)¦ 6¦(push)¦ 7 go to press 8¦(crowd)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(NEWS)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • press */*/*/ — I UK [pres] / US noun Word forms press : singular press plural presses 1) the press newspapers and news magazines the national/local/American/sports press the popular/tabloid press in the press: She has been criticized in the press for not… …   English dictionary

  • press — press1 [ pres ] noun *** ▸ 1 newspapers etc. ▸ 2 machine for printing ▸ 3 publishing business ▸ 4 piece of equipment ▸ 5 single push on something ▸ 6 making clothes smooth ▸ 7 many people pushing 1. ) the press newspapers and news magazines: the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • press — [[t]pre̱s[/t]] ♦ presses, pressing, pressed 1) VERB If you press something somewhere, you push it firmly against something else. [V n against n] He pressed his back against the door... [V n prep] They pressed the silver knife into the cake. 2) …   English dictionary

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