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can't help (doing something)

A phrase used when one feels very strongly compelled to do something. The verb used after "help" typically ends in "-ing." We can't help intervening here, before you throw your life away on drugs! My mom can't help meddling in my love life, even though I'm 30 years old!
See also: help

can't help

Also, can't help but or cannot but . Be unable to do otherwise. For example, I can't help thinking that the keys will turn up eventually, or He couldn't help but believe he would pass the entrance exam, or I cannot but applaud his efforts. The first of these phrases, can't help, is always followed by a present participle whereas the others take an infinitive. [c. 1700]
See also: help
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And, even if we were going to pretend to forget Emaar's troubled tower, we can't help but recall the findings of JLS's Q1 2011 report of the residential market in Dubai, which found that counting the 7,900 units being completed in Q1 2011, the residential stock in Dubai stands at something like 317,000 units.
We are led to compare her circumstances with the lives of real women in the Middle East, and we can't help but speculate about the work's reception there--particularly in Morocco--both during and after its production.
I doubt Hollywood is changing for the better because of this, but I can't help but let out a quiet yippee.
People can't help but stare when they see dogs dressed up, so I came up with the idea of displaying a message that everyone will notice, remember, and stop me to comment on," says broker Gary Friedland.
Example: "No, I can't help you complete that project.
He's not an engineer, so he can't help the company respond to Samsung Electronics.
Still, we can't help but bemoan losing one of the few remaining bastions for reading a book, a newspaper--or a magazine like this one.
I can't help wondering whether the subjects of this study, like my spouse, had difficulty learning foreign languages.
Although, particularly after experiencing first hand the construction industries' almost total reliance and treatment of imported unskilled and uneducated labour, I can't help but think that when defining the term modernism in relationship to architecture in Singapore the critic and architects are still missing a proper understanding of the word.
When ordinary Jordanians on the street clearly have the ability to differentiate between American policy on the one hand, and American citizens and ideals on the other," he says, "you then do took at life differently and you can't help but be impressed.
When I talk to Amy I can't help but think about the IABC Gold Quill-winning case studies I read, and how different these forward-thinking companies seem from hers.
SOME people just can't help themselves, which makes it all the more important to regard the latest stage
I can't help but think the answer lies in how we partner.
As I consider the breadth and diversity of your field today," Bogle said, "I can't help but observe that of all the types of financial advisers, the group that seems most likely to be aligned with my philosophy of stewardship is CPA Personal Financial Specialists.
However, I can't help think that some of the bizarre stuff we heard about this week has more to do with publicising a poor new single than anything else.
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