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 ?
My misfortune was to carry it into print when I began to write a story, in the Ik Marvel manner, or rather to compose it in type at the case, for that was what I did; and it was not altogether imitated from Ik Marvel either, for I drew upon the easier art of Dickens at times, and helped myself out with bald parodies of Bleak House in many places.
I had helped myself surreptitiously to pocket-money at school, by selling my caricatures, and I was obliged to repeat the process at home!
I think"--(thought the Duchess to herself)--"I THINK it would be wiser if I helped myself to pie; though Ribby did not seem to notice anything when she was cutting it.
I helped myself also to blankets, mittens, oilskins, caps, and such things, from the slop-chest.
I spotted the bottle in which this preparation was kept, and when they were all gone, I helped myself to a little of it.
I helped myself and I fear with less moderation than might have been the case a minute before.
Yet it had to be done--and, indeed, I could not have helped myself.
Just keep saying it until it becomes automatic" Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has a low opinion of legislators "The feminist lobby has become so tyrannical in its shrill orthodoxy" Chess player Nigel Short hits back at critics who attacked him for saying that women were not "hard-wired" to play competitive chess "When I was a child I helped myself to dad's loose change drawer.
It's good to have him around the team and his leadership coming off the bench, it certainly helped myself out.
I want to thank friends, comrades, members of the public, the gardai and the many more people unknown to me who helped myself and my family to search for Lorcan.
He's helped myself and Hendo along and has given the lads a few opportunities.
I helped myself to a fewas they were nice and ripe - not everyone likes their bananas green
Afterwards Twiston-Davies said: "I couldn't understand why he was 6-1 and I helped myself to a decent bet.
I've helped a lot of my friends and helped myself also.
In the process of helping others, I helped myself and discovered I could accomplish any dream with the help of others and their dedicated efforts," said Nathan.