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 old woman said, 'If you would help yourselves, one of you must go into the wood, and there he will come upon a tumble-down building of rocks which looks like a little house.
Please help yourselves to cereal bars because lunch will only be served at two.
DaiSerious Ahh yes, not just Warburton but Warburton out of position too, you just couldn't help yourselves.
You have to help yourselves and the manner of our performance is not improving.
Help yourselves ALTHOUGH City travelled to Charlton with the confidence of back-to-back victories in the league and cup it was a case of two steps forward and one big step back given the way the Sky Blues failed so miserably in both boxes.
The challenge now lies on you people of this town, if you will do your part and help yourselves,' he said during the inauguration of the bridge last month.
With education, you can build what was demolished and help yourselves and your families.
You have to help yourselves before you can help others
You have to help yourselves, as the object of the exercise is to have your home secured visually and mechanically.
I hope that you continue to build upon this program, learn more English and continue to acquire skills to help yourselves, your families and communities; and work towards rendering Lebanon capable of achieving these goals of stability and security," concluded Hale.
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I wrote a book about health and wellness which I put up on Amazon some time ago, so that is the best way I can think of that you can help me and also help yourselves become healthy
But you don't help yourselves when you concede the goals we did.
But you have to help yourselves and we have not been doing that as a club.
And all of you will have to decide how you can follow her model, so that you not only help yourselves and your families but you spread the word about microfinance, about bank accounts, about starting businesses, about getting health services, about empowering the women of this state, and giving everyone a chance to live up to your god-given potential.