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  1. 1
    to give someone a particular job or responsibility that they do not normally have

    Local people are being pressed into service to help search for the girl.

  2. 2
    to use an object for a purpose that it was not intended for

    Wooden barrels are pressed into service as tables in Irish bars.

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