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resort to (something)

To choose some choice or course of action that is less desirable or favorable than something else. This is meant to be an open, productive debate—let's not resort to name-calling and mud-slinging. We resorted to using an older, less reliable version of the software to finish the project. I'm confident we can find a solution to this issue without resorting to violence.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

resort to something

to turn to something that is not the first choice. I hope they don't resort to a lawsuit to accomplish their goals. She will resort to anything to get her way.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

resort to

To adopt some less desirable course of action due to difficult circumstances; have recourse to something: When the electricity went out, we resorted to heating water in the fireplace.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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