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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References in classic literature ?
had helped themselves to such parts of the work as served their needs,
They saw a fire smouldering upon a great raft a hundred yards above, and they went stealthily thither and helped themselves to a chunk.
But the other guests seemed to have felt a similar indifference, and they helped themselves to breakfast from the sideboard at intervals during the hours verging upon lunch.
For around PS8 they were given the choice of four different meats carved by two members of staff plus a Yorkshire pudding and then helped themselves to mash potatoes, roast potatoes and half a dozen different vegetables.
He said: "We had a community garden display near the Bullring all summer and people could have helped themselves, but they didn't.
LIGHT-FINGERED fans have already helped themselves to pieces of Ninian Park.
But by the time confused drivers realised something was wrong, the men had helped themselves to 16 aluminium signs along the 10-mile route.
They also helped themselves to recipe cards with titles such as ``Tomato Chutney and Walnut Butter on Bacon Waffles'' and ``Tomatoes Gone Wild Sauce.
The warning was issued in the aftermath of a burglary where raiders helped themselves to presents wrapped up ready for Christmas Day.
In an official complaint to party bosses, the event organisers claimed councillors helped themselves to the buffet and wine, took other stocks of drink from the kitchen and glasses of wine out of the function and into their Council Chamber meeting, and disrupted the function with mobile phone calls.
A SWARM of looters forced their way into a newsagents - and then helped themselves to ice cream.
Cardiff Magistrates' Court heard James and David O'Driscoll, 30 and 21 respectively, helped themselves to drinks after they stumbled into a closed bar in the Holiday Inn, Westgate Street, in the city centre.
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POLICE in Foleshill, Coventry, are appealing for information after a spate of house burglaries in which thieves helped themselves to car keys.
The Bruins also helped themselves at safety and linebacker, where they must replace starters at four of five positions and have few proven reserves.