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throw back on

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phrasal verb [transitive] [usually passive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theythrow back on
he/she/itthrows back on
present participlethrowing back on
past tensethrew back on
past participlethrown back on
  1. throw someone back on something to force someone to use their own abilities, powers etc because there is nothing else to use

    When the business failed he was thrown back on his own resources.

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