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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References in classic literature ?
The animal would very quickly have dragged us where we could not have done much to help ourselves, and where we have no business to be.
But don't let us worry over such things, Zeb; we can't help ourselves just now, you know, and I've always been told it's foolish to borrow trouble.
We felt our inexperience, and were unable to help ourselves.
Well, so it was," said Tom, looking down, "but we fags couldn't help ourselves.
We will help ourselves and families don't leave each other.
The One Day House" was inspired by a friend's volunteerism that motivated author Julia Durango to tell a story of community and togetherness, showing that by helping others we help ourselves.
Now being turned into a dumping ground by all and sundry, let's face it we could all do a little to help ourselves.
The Life You Can Save teaches us to be a part of the solution, helping others as we help ourselves.
Yes, some meds can help, yes some counseling can help; but it is up to us vets to find more ways to help ourselves.
In a crowded world, religion and ethics serve to guide us, how best to live our lives, to help others, and not merely to help ourselves.
How can we help ourselves and others navigate through the effects of trauma known as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)?
Alas that the world is standing beside us, concerning the presidential elections issue, at the time that we are failing to help ourselves in this regard.
We will be in a better place, we didn't help ourselves with the mistakes we made at the Liberty Stadium.
BAGHDAD / NINA / Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah confirmed that everyone is keen to help Iraq against any risk of terrorism, noting that help Iraq means to help ourselves.