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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A FRAUDSTER who helped herself to more than pounds 9,000 in benefits while hoarding cash at home has been fined.
She allegedly repeatedly helped herself to pounds 25,000 in notes.
Lisa Bramley was working as a customer services sales advisor for Abbey National PLC when she helped herself to pounds 3,000 from Mary Arthy's account.
She even went to the buffet area with her uniform uncovered and helped herself to food.
Harrison, 41, helped herself to pounds 250 pounds each time she went to the ATM in Carshalton, Surrey.
And in the months that followed she helped herself to pounds 2,600 of the benefits.
A BANK worker who helped herself to more than pounds 40,000 from a cash machine has been jailed for nine months.
Sharon Bell helped herself to four, with Justine Weaveer netting a hat-trick and Sarah Weaver (2), Jade Christie, Leona Kennedy and an own goal rounding off the home side's scorers.
When the men were senseless, she helped herself to their designer watches and other gee gaws.
A PERSONAL assistant helped herself to pounds 160,000 of company cash to pay debts.
Isla Robertson, 46, did chores for 79-year-old Jessie Wilson - but also helped herself to the pensioner's savings to pay off her own debts, Perth Sheriff Court was told.
Kathleen Thompson secretly helped herself to her son's earnings after keeping his new bank card to herself and cashed in her husband's insurance policy.
KIM TINKLER helped herself to a belated birthday present when bringing the Enrico Incisa-trained East Cape home in front in the 10-furlong Racecourse Video Services Handicap at Newcastle.
She helped herself to pounds 4,000 from an account held by a frail former factory superintendent aged 89, repeatedly taking cash until he had only pounds 51 left.
Following a recent shoot with the singer, Snowdon was quoted as saying: "She didn't say hello, she helped herself to a banana and discarded its skin where she ate it, and then went to buy gramophone records from King's Road.