press (someone or something) into service

Definition of press (someone or something) into service

  1. :  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 pressed into service when the main computer failed.

Word by Word Definitions

pressplay
  1. :  a crowd or crowded condition :  throng

    :  a thronging or crowding forward or together

    :  an apparatus or machine by which a substance is cut or shaped, an impression of a body is taken, a material is compressed, pressure is applied to a body, liquid is expressed, or a cutting tool is fed into the work by pressure

  1. :  to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact :  squeeze

    :  assail, harass

    :  afflict, oppress

  1. :  to force into service especially in an army or navy :  impress

    :  to take by authority especially for public use :  commandeer

    :  to take and force into any usually emergency service

  1. :  impressment into service especially in a navy

    :  a warrant for impressing recruits

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

serviceplay
  1. :  the occupation or function of serving

    :  employment as a servant

    :  the work performed by one that serves

  1. :  to perform services for: such as

    :  to repair or provide maintenance for

    :  to meet interest and sinking fund payments on (as government debt)

  1. :  of or relating to the armed services

    :  used in serving or supplying

    :  intended for hard or everyday use

  1. :  an Old World tree (Sorbus domestica) resembling the related mountain ashes but having larger flowers and larger edible fruit

    :  a related Old World tree (S. torminalis) with bitter fruits


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