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resort to violence

This page is about the collocation resort to violence

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to use violence when other methods have failed

For example

  • Many people were killed when soldiers resorted to violence to stop their protest.

  • Repressive governments often resort to violence when their hold on power is threatened.

Note:
A similar collocation is "resort to (military/brute) force"

Quick Quiz

The riot police resorted to violence in order to

a. understand the demonstrators

b. break up the demonstration

c. talk to the demonstrators

Contributor: Matt Errey