Definition of resort to phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

resort to

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Phrasal Verbs
 to make use of something, especially something bad, as a means of achieving something, often because there is no other possible solution synonym recourse They felt obliged to resort to violence. They achieved their demands without having to resort to force. We had to resort to another loan from the bank. resort to doing something We may have to resort to using untrained staff.
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