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 ?
Would not each of them be exposed to the same casualties; and when these happened, be obliged to have recourse to the same expedients for upholding its authority which are objected to in a government for all the States?
They are compelled, therefore, to have recourse to those houses whose history contains moving incidents like these.
This must not be," I thought I heard him say: "either he must listen to reason, or I must have recourse to the last resource of civilization.
You must know there are two ways of contesting,[*] the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts; but because the first is frequently not sufficient, it is necessary to have recourse to the second.
Astor had been obliged to have recourse to British subjects experienced in the Canadian fur trade; henceforth it was his intention, as much as possible, to select Americans, so as to secure an ascendency of American influence in the management of the company, and to make it decidedly national.
In addition to having recourse to Saudi Binladin Group Limited (as obligor), investors will have recourse to the land bank.