recourse

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recourse

1. the right to demand payment, esp from the drawer or endorser of a bill of exchange or other negotiable instrument when the person accepting it fails to pay
2. without recourse a qualified endorsement on such a negotiable instrument, by which the endorser protects himself from liability to subsequent holders
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He knew what makes a soldier, and judging by the appearance and the talk of those persons, by the swagger with which they had recourse to the bottle on the journey, he considered them poor soldiers.
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.
Again, as on the preceding day, I had recourse to earthly tactics, and swinging my right fist full upon the point of his chin I followed it with a smashing left to the pit of his stomach.