Meaning of “press sth/sb into service” in the English Dictionary

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"press sth/sb into service" in British English

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press sth/sb into service

to use something or someone that is not completely suitable because nothing or no one more suitable is available:

The car's broken down so I've had to press my old bike back into service.

(Definition of “press sth/sb into service” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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