help (oneself) (to something)

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help (oneself) (to something)

To serve oneself (something); to take, consume, or indulge in (something) freely or without permission or restraint. There's plenty of food in the kitchen, so please, help yourselves to more. The vagrant they had given shelter to for the night helped himself to the family's prized set of silverware. The maps at the information kiosk are free, so tourists are welcome to help themselves.
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References in classic literature ?
And she's all alone in her room, and lost the use of her limbs and can't stir to help herself or me, and t'other clever one's out, and Lord forgive me
Bute said, "because--because she couldn't help herself.
If my family had not abandoned me, I need not have thus left her to help herself.
She had a little crutch to help herself along with: and she was now standing, looking wistfully up the long staircase, and apparently waiting till she could muster courage to begin the toilsome ascent.
A woman ain't got the chance to help herself that a man has," he generalized.
The healthiest glow that Hepzibah had known for years had come now in the dreaded crisis, when, for the first time, she had put forth her hand to help herself.
She has no strength of will or character to help herself and she is on the brink of being sold into wretchedness for life.
And, though I don't think your good lady's very friendly to me, in this matter, still she can't help herself from falling into my views, for there's a compactness and cosiness of appearance about her that always tells, even in an indifferent case.
To be fair, I think luck played a big factor with Emily - after all, she didn't help herself with those calls home, and that beyond-risky trip home to see her young son.
The former Baywatch star has reportedly cut all contact with the entrepreneur to help herself recover.
Two days later the card theft was reported to West Midlands Police and officers discovered the woman had used it to help herself to PS290.
Sadly, the outrageous pop princess can't help herself and it was all twerk and no play on the opening night of her world tour.
It was only when she was frustrated by failing eyesight that she had to retire from her efforts and accept help herself.
Whitney had to learn that she needed to help herself.
She promised him she would be more private, but she can't help herself once in awhile - especially because she's feeling super confident right now," the source added.