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
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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
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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.
She's about 38 and appears to be in pain." Whereupon the woman looked up angry and snapped: "Stupid, I'm 30!" This shows that it's not easy to be a Good Samaritan.
A Good Samaritan who stopped to help victims of a crash on Interstate 95, in Volusia County, Florida, had his truck stolen by one of the victims.
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.
After being offered by a good Samaritan a place to stay, a 36-year-old passenger who just arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) from Jordan could have thought she might as well leave behind her three-month-old son with the kind stranger, too.
If a Good Samaritan chooses to be a witness, she will be examined with utmost care and respect.
POLICE are appealing for a good Samaritan to come forward after a bag was left in his car.
Near death, he thought he saw An angel, not a good Samaritan lifting him gently onto his own beast, Attentive to the spirit of the law.
"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."
Police are trying to trace a Good Samaritan who helped a man by taking him to an ambulance after he was attacked in a wooded area.
POLICE want to track down a good samaritan who helped stop an assault.
A GOOD Samaritan was stabbed in the neck when he stood up to a gang of thugs who torched a car in a Birmingham street.
I want to be a little more helpful, a good Samaritan."
My handbag had been handed in minutes earlier by a good Samaritan who didn't leave his name or address.