One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be forced to rely on (something) because there is no alternative.‘we are once again thrown back on the resources of our imagination’
- ‘It's not easy being thrown back on the dole again, and I don't know what I'm going to do.’
- ‘And so you may be thrown back on a so-called deist God, a God who simply started the ball rolling billions of years ago.’
- ‘‘Since the experts cancelled each other out, I was thrown back on my own resources to weigh the different arguments and decide for myself,’ he said in one interview.’
- ‘In this they will in a sense be thrown back on their own moral resources.’
- ‘We have therefore been thrown back on an increasingly narrow set of sources: essentially the police and the intelligence services.’
- ‘What this means is that there's not a lot of colour to the work, whatever musical pleasures appear are swiftly truncated and the audience is thrown back on the text.’
- ‘So this always resourceful composer has been thrown back on his own devices, and, I would say, he has been pretty successful.’
- ‘The criminal subculture was completely destroyed and the prisoner was thrown back on his own conscience to feel guilt, repent, and reform.’
- ‘Cut off from other playmates, these children were thrown back on their siblings and their own resources for diversion, at least until school brought them together with other, age- and class-appropriate children.’
- ‘Without Cashman, though, George is thrown back on his own instincts.’
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