press someone into service


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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 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 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 (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 — Meaning Induce someone to join the military. Origin In the UK in the 18th and 19th century hapless youths were often tricked or forced into joining the navy by press gangs . They usually got the victim drunk first. A favourite trick was to slip a …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • 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-gang — [pres′gaŋ΄] vt. 1. Historical to force (someone) into naval or military service by means of a press gang 2. to force (someone) to do something …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

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