press someone or something into service

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 pressed into service when the main computer failed.

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Main Entry:press

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