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 ?
So we made a flank attack around the end of the bar, shoved the protesting barkeepers aside, and helped ourselves to bottles.
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.