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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So we made a flank attack around the end of the bar, shoved the protesting barkeepers aside, and helped ourselves to bottles.
And when we wanted more bottles, we went into other saloons where the free drink was flowing, and helped ourselves.
The red card and them scoring from the resulting free-kick haven't helped the situation but we haven't helped ourselves, we didn't start right and at 11v11 we were not at the races.
Developing your businesses ICT could be the single biggest factor to making it a success, so get in touch, we can help you as we have helped ourselves.
They're obviously the best international team in the world - but I don't think we helped ourselves again there tonight.
We've not helped ourselves with the errors we are making and every one seems to be punished with a goal.
Teams have been helping us all season so it's about time we helped ourselves.
Hughes said: "To be fair we haven't helped ourselves.
In the process, we've helped ourselves and our fellow students understand the need and urgency to become investment savvy.
But he shouldn't be treated too unkindly because the gene for cheating is in men's DNA - we helped ourselves to it while the missus was at her mother's.
Obviously we have not helped ourselves because we are doing things that we have not done for so long.