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 ?
But, first, as I am rather shaken by the knocking about which I had in the dressing-room, I think that I shall help myself to a dash of your brandy, Colonel.
They gave me really good information, facts and figures but most of all trusted me and gave me encouragement to help myself to stop smoking.
I believe I'll help myself to 4-7," as the song goes.
As soon as I arrived he told me to make myself at home and help myself to whatever was in the kitchen," says McCourtney.
And, proving she's a nor- mal teen, she added: "I'm not up before eleven if I can help it and I'll help myself to a bacon sarnie.
The law says I can't walk into your house and help myself to your TV and it also protects against people who have nothing to do with me setting up companies and calling them "easy".