Definition of resort to phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

resort to

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

resort to something

 
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to make use of something, especially something bad, as a means of achieving something, often because there is no other possible solution synonym have recourse to They felt they had to resort to violence. resort to doing something We may have to resort to using untrained staff.
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