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 ?
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 spotted the bottle in which this preparation was kept, and when they were all gone, I helped myself to a little of it.
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.
Afterwards Twiston-Davies said: "I couldn't understand why he was 6-1 and I helped myself to a decent bet.
In a hushed voice, he told me: "I helped myself to pounds 250 from St John Ambulance donations to buy my mum a microwave," a crime for which he was caught, charged and then fined at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
I was very excited about it so I helped myself to a decent bet.
I helped myself to a fewas they were nice and ripe - not everyone likes their bananas green
POPPED into a boozer on George Street in Edinburgh last week (if you must know, a relative died and I'd come into some money) and, absolutely starving, I helped myself to a tempting bowl of nuts lying on the bar.
I helped myself to a wedge and what was left was the idea for the Pac-Man shape.
It was in 1985 when Aberdeen hammered Celtic 4-1 at Pittodrie - and I helped myself to all four goals.
It was only after taking a huge gulp that I realised I'd helped myself to half a pint of neat vodka.