can't help


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can't help something

also cannot help something
to not be able to control or stop something A lot of kids daydream in school. They just can't help it.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form can't help but do something: I couldn't help but notice that the table is a bit wobbly.
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
References in classic literature ?
Oh, no, I can't help that," said Newman, laughing back; "neither can she
And you can't help my dancing with her," said Lord Deepmere, with sturdy simplicity.
I can't help feeling," I continued blunderingly; "that we've rather left her out of the possible suspects, simply on the strength of her having been away from the place.
I can't help feeling she'd do anything against him.
Yet I can't help being impressed by this," and, having found the article in the magazine to which he referred, he handed it to his chum.
You've got to understand them; you can't help yourself.
She can't help it -- she was born so; but is very sad and awful.
After staring a moment in mute surprise, she said, - 'Well, Helen, I suppose I ought to congratulate you - and I am glad to see you so happy; but I did not think you would take him; and I can't help feeling surprised that you should like him so much.
But on a weekend after a Champions League game you can't help but wonder if they might take their eye othe ball.
actors tell 'the stories from 150 years ago can't help but give goosebumps.
It looks pretty impressive but I can't help wondering why they are bothering.
The 29-year-old sprinter, who is currently preparing for the Tour de France, said: "You can't help but be can't help but be Y inspired by what our servicemen do for our country, what they put up with while they're in service and when they finish.
It's starting to look as f t's written in the stars - and I can't help thinking Mourinho will complete a fairytale ending.
It is quiet and I can't help but think of nothing and
The fact our developer friends are in a serious state of denial is not exactly breaking news, in fact it's probably getting rather old, so excuse Kipp if we bring you one last instance of our favorite brand of Dubai developer doublespeak, but we can't help ourselves.