a good Samaritan

good Samaritan

A person who selflessly helps others, especially those in distress. Taken from a parable in the Bible in which a Samaritan man was the only person who stopped to help a man who was robbed and beaten. Brad was hailed by the newspaper as a good Samaritan after he stepped in and helped a woman who was being robbed.
See also: good, Samaritan

a ˌgood Saˈmaritan

a person who gives help and sympathy to people who need it: He stole money from an old woman while pretending to be a good Samaritan and help carry her shopping.This comes from a story told by Jesus in the Bible.
See also: good, Samaritan
References in classic literature ?
She is a good Samaritan by an irresistible vocation.
I sent her the stamps, received the bottle, and resolved to let her drop out of my life; I had been a good Samaritan to her at the request of my friend, but the best of Samaritans resents the offer of healing oil for his own use.
Eugene police announced Monday that they are looking for a "hero" after a good Samaritan saved the life of a man who had overdosed on heroin Sunday morning near West 13th Avenue and Polk Street.
If a Good Samaritan chooses to be a witness, she will be examined with utmost care and respect.
By passing a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey, we will better prepare our state to respond rapidly and efficiently to the next Super-storm Sandy.
California, the first state to enact a Good Samaritan statute in 1959, is an exception, as it may excuse even gross negligence as long as the act was done in good faith.
In a 1963 AMA survey, approximately half of responding physicians said they would render emergency help, and this did not depend on whether there was a Good Samaritan statute in place (Sanders GB.
PIERRE SALVADORI'S ``Apres Vous'' is about a Good Samaritan who starts the movie helping everyone but himself (and, by extension, his long-suffering girlfriend) and, following a wild series of predicaments, reaches a point where he faces a lifetime of unhappiness unless he sells somebody out.
The victim was saved from a worse fate when a Good Samaritan - believed to be from the Rugby area - heard her screaming and scared her attacker away.
A good Samaritan helped subdue Park, who was suspected of being high on drugs, driving into a parked car and fleeing in the July 23 incident.
As horrified motorists looked on, a Good Samaritan leaped from his vehicle Tuesday and pulled a Simi Valley woman from her car after it flipped over on the Ronald Reagan Freeway, according to an eyewitness.
A good Samaritan and his son were stabbed when they tried to quell a couple's violent argument over the custody of a 3-year-old child, police said Monday.
A good Samaritan, who can come in all sizes, shapes and colors, could be a local company donating clothing, a 10-year-old collecting food, a church group providing volunteers, or a retired man who does daily laundry.