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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help

 (someone or an animal) (get) over something
1. Lit. to aid someone or an animal climb over something. I helped him get over the wall. I helped the puppy over the barrier.
2. Fig. to aid someone or an animal recover from something. Sharon wanted to help Roger get over his illness. We try to help the families get over the loss of their loved ones.

help

oneself (to something) to take something oneself without asking permission. The thief helped himself to the money in the safe. Help yourself to more dessert.

Help yourself.

Please take what you want without asking permission. Sally: Can I have one of these doughnuts? Bill: Help yourself. Mother led the little troop of my friends to the kitchen table, which was covered with cups of juice and plates of cookies. "Help yourself," she said.
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help oneself

1. Make an effort on one's own behalf. Shakespeare used this expression in 2 Henry IV (3:2): "She is old, and cannot help herself," and it also appears in the old proverb, God (or heaven) helps those who help themselves. [First half of 1500s] Also see can't help.
2. Serve oneself, as in The food's in the kitchen; just help yourself. When it takes an object this phrase is put as help oneself to, as in I helped myself to more meat. It also is used as a euphemism for stealing, as in She simply helped herself to the hotel towels and left. The first usage dates from the late 1600s; the second, a colloquialism, from the mid-1800s.
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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.
But she should have got help if she was in a mess rather than help herself to someone else's money.
She obviously had free access to a lot of cash and just decided to help herself to pay off her bills.
Then, I saw a young coyote help herself to an apple.
The tortoiseshell lives in Pier Aquatics in Wigan and decided to help herself to one of the thousands of fish in the shop.
The finicky home invader went on to help herself to generous portions of the ursine honey eaters' whole grain breakfast cereal, vandalized their heirloom antique furniture, and then, after tiring herself out with so much wanton destruction, the platinum blonde delinquent took a refreshin g beauty nap in the bruin family's bedroom--just like she thought she was a guest at Holiday Inn.
What girl won't be impressed on a hot summer's afternoon if you invite her to help herself to one of the cool cans stocked in your refrigerated pants - even if it is somewhere down the bottom and might require rummaging to find?
Mary Duggan, 47, used 67-year-old Elizabeth Barratt's bank card to help herself to cash over a five-month period.