make use of

make use of
   to do something taboo in connection with
   Thus to make use of prostitutes is not to find them chaste employment but to copulate regularly with them: to make use of drugs is not to control your hypertension under medical supervision but to ingest narcotics illegally; so too with firearms, where to make use of a weapon is to maim or kill:
    I saw a Jewess climb on to the fence of the ghetto, stick her head through the fence and attempt to steal turnips from a passing cart. I made use of my fire-arm. The Jewess received two fatal shots. (Deighton, 1993/1, quoting from Schoenberner's Der Gelbe Stern, translated by Susan Sweet in 1969)

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  • make use of — ► make use of use. Main Entry: ↑use …   English terms dictionary

  • make use of — index capitalize (seize the chance), exercise (use), exert, impropriate, manipulate (utilize skillfully), ply, profit …   Law dictionary

  • make use of — phrasal : to put to use : use, employ * * * make use of 1. To use, employ 2. To take the help, etc, of (a person) in obtaining an end with no intention of repaying him or her, to exploit • • • Main Entry: ↑use * * * make use of …   Useful english dictionary

  • make use of — to use someone or something for a particular purpose, especially one that brings a benefit to you Why doesn t she make use of her singing talent? make good use of someone/something: I hope you ve made good use of your time …   English dictionary

  • make use of — use; derive benefit from …   English contemporary dictionary

  • make use of — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. use, employ, utilize; see use 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • make use of — phrasal to put to use ; employ …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • make use — verb To use, usually productively and/or for a specific purpose. Syn: employ, exploit, take advantage of …   Wiktionary

  • make use of — benefit from. → use …   English new terms dictionary

  • make use of — idi to use, esp. effectively; employ …   From formal English to slang

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