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resort to

This page is about the phrasal verb resort to.

Meaning: to do something you'd rather not do only because better options or solutions are not possible

Synonym: turn to

For example:

  • resort to Unless he resorts to dirty tricks like spreading false rumours about his opponents, the mayor will lose the next election.

  • resort to After I lost my job, I had to resort to looking for casual day labour.

Quick Quiz:

In order to pay for his daughter's heart operation, Sudiawan had to resort to

a. spending his savings

b. claiming insurance

c. selling his house

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