have recourse to


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have recourse to something

to be able to use something for help; to be able to fall back on something. You will always have recourse to the money your grandfather left you. You will not have recourse to that money until you are over 21 years of age.
See also: have
References in classic literature ?
As the history of his chair had exhausted all his facts, Grandfather determined to have recourse to fable.
A few folds of yellow tappa tucked about my waist, descended to my feet in the style of a lady's petticoat, only I did not have recourse to those voluminous paddings in the rear with which our gentle dames are in the habit of augmenting the sublime rotundity of their figures.
They had to have recourse to the sure, never-failing topic--gossip.
I say,' resumed the secretary, in a slow, impressive way; 'we can't tell what may come to pass; and if we should be obliged, against our wills, to have recourse to violence, my lord (who has suffered terribly to-day, as far as words can go) consigns to you two--bearing in mind my recommendation of you both, as good staunch men, beyond all doubt and suspicion--the pleasant task of punishing this Haredale.
She must reach Wilhelmstal at once and she was determined to do so even if she must have recourse to her pistol.
Several times did I have recourse to this desperate expedient, and I know not how long I had been a prisoner when one day I fancied that I heard something near me, which breathed loudly.
And thus, without in appearance living otherwise than those who, with no other occupation than that of spending their lives agreeably and innocently, study to sever pleasure from vice, and who, that they may enjoy their leisure without ennui, have recourse to such pursuits as are honorable, I was nevertheless prosecuting my design, and making greater progress in the knowledge of truth, than I might, perhaps, have made had I been engaged in the perusal of books merely, or in holding converse with men of letters.
Supposing this person, wearied at the inefficacy of the poison, should, as Monte Cristo intimated, have recourse to steel
I must have recourse to my diary again; I will commit it to paper to- night, and see what I shall think of it to-morrow.
To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death.