bear a hand

bear a hand

1. To contribute or assist; lend a hand. Jim is great, he's always willing to bear a hand with any housework that needs doing.
2. chiefly nautical An imperative to help with, work on, or do something quickly and at once. Bear a hand, men! We don't want to be here all day.
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References in classic literature ?
Come, bear a hand, you lubbers, and set us on board in the turning of a minute-glass.