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 ?
Doubtless they feel that they cannot trust themselves in the close vicinity of so much perfectly good food without the danger that they may help themselves to a mouthful some time by mistake.
Our ponies composedly help themselves to such grass as they can find on the moor; keeping always near us as companionably as if they were a couple of dogs.
Women," he said, "wisely compose their minds, and help themselves to think quietly, by doing needle-work.
A BIRMINGHAM parks chief has come under fire after suggesting that people help themselves to veg from community gardens.
Head of parks Darren Share (pictured) told a council watchdog committee that he was happy for people to help themselves to veg grown in city parks.
And with more fans expected at the ground for today's Party in the Park open day, the Bluebirds' faithful have been urged not to help themselves to more fixtures and fittings.
All season long, the Boccali Ranch in Ojai has been hit by thieves who sneak in the dark of night and help themselves to the fall bounty.
Many residents these days don't require this type of equipment; they have widely varying abilities and disabilities, and the product should offer the full range of features allowing them to help themselves to the extent possible.
We can't wait to watch our guests vote for their locally grown favorites every time they help themselves to second servings.
A vascular surgeon, an accident and emergency doctor and a fitness design consultant have designed Lymgym, to help people help themselves to reduce the health risks of long distance travel.
The international leader in integrated self-service systems and services, Diebold is upholding its commitment to self service by letting its North American employees help themselves to external learning programs from their desktops.
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ClienteleNet is an easy-to-use Internet/Intranet solution that enables Clientele users and their customers to help themselves to online information, resulting in fewer first-level calls made to a support department.
Flood victims can help themselves to all the sand and bags that they need when the sand arrives Thursday, Jan.