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good Samaritan

A person who selflessly helps others, especially those in distress. Taken from a parable in the Bible in which a Samaritan man was the only person who stopped to help a man who was robbed and beaten. Brad was hailed by the newspaper as a good Samaritan after he stepped in and helped a woman who was being robbed.
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good Samaritan

A compassionate person who unselfishly helps others, as in In this neighborhood you can't count on a good Samaritan if you get in trouble. This expression alludes to Jesus's parable about a Samaritan who rescues and cares for a stranger who had been robbed and badly hurt and had been ignored by a priest and a Levite (Luke 10:30-35). The Samaritans were considered a heretical group by other Jews, so by using a Samaritan for the parable, Jesus chose a person whom his listeners would find least likely to be worthy of concern. [c. 1600]
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good Samaritan

a charitable or helpful person.
In the Bible, Jesus tells the parable of a man who ‘went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves’ (Luke 10). The first two people who came across him lying stripped and wounded by the side of the road ‘passed by on the other side’. It was the third man, a Samaritan (i.e. a man from Samaria) who took pity on him and helped him.
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a ˌgood Saˈmaritan

a person who gives help and sympathy to people who need it: He stole money from an old woman while pretending to be a good Samaritan and help carry her shopping.This comes from a story told by Jesus in the Bible.
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If the Good Samaritan is required by the investigation officer to visit the police station, the reasons for the requirement shall be recorded by the officer in writing.
The good Samaritan has to organize a League of Good Samaritans if he (or she) is going to clean up that dangerous road to Jericho.
By enacting a Good Samaritan law, we will promote public safety while greatly strengthening our state's ability to effectively respond to disasters.
Pc James Birtles, from Coventry Police, said: "Without the good samaritan, this could have been a lot worse.
The great French theologian Yves Congar once wrote that church and world are not to be imagined "like two crowned sovereigns looking sideways at one another as they sit on the same dais" but "much more like the Good Samaritan holding in his arms the half-dead man, whom he will not leave because he has been sent to help him.
Unfortunately, Good Samaritan laws usually don't include any provision to inform the public about their existence, a crucial component if the new rules are to achieve their intended purpose.
During the struggle, the Good Samaritan, who was walking to a nearby Jobcentre, heard her screams and pulled the mugger off her.
We erect barriers between ourselves and those who are different from us, but we should - as the Good Samaritan did - treat everyone as our neighbour.
Imagine my plight, when instead of seeking anything from me, instead of wasting my time, this good Samaritan wasted his time and pursued me doggedly even when my body language clearly indicated that I did not wish to have speech with him.
Oklahoma's Tulsa World for August 20 shared the story of Tulsa's Good Samaritan Health Services, which coordinates with about 30 churches in the area to provide free healthcare to low-income residents via weekly, mobile clinics.
Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles declared on Friday that it was recognised with a California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) Silver-level Eureka award for its performance excellence.
For more than 17 years, AFLMA has assisted the Good Samaritan Ministries of Montgomery with distributing Thanksgiving food boxes.
The Good Samaritan statute imposes upon doctors the legal duty to treat.
In a 1963 AMA survey, approximately half of responding physicians said they would render emergency help, and this did not depend on whether there was a Good Samaritan statute in place (Sanders GB.
WORCESTER - Police are crediting a good Samaritan with helping to apprehend a city woman yesterday who allegedly stabbed a Northbridge man she was trying to rob and then drove away in his late model pickup.