help a lame dog over a stile

help a lame dog over a stile

obsolete To help or assist someone in need in some fundamental or basic way. He has so much money that it would be no effort at all for him to help a lame dog over a stile, but the man is adamant that not a penny of his fortune be used towards charity of any kind.
See also: dog, help, lame, over

help a lame dog over a stile

come to the aid of a person in need.
See also: dog, help, lame, over
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You know, I don't believe in churches and parsons and all that," she said, "but I believe in God, and I don't believe He minds much about what you do as long as you keep your end up and help a lame dog over a stile when you can.