cannot help doing

cannot help doing something

not able to refrain from doing something; not able not to do something. Anne is such a good cook, I can't help eating everything she serves. Since John loves to shop, he can't help spending money.
See also: cannot, help
References in classic literature ?
These things the oligarchs will do because they cannot help doing them.
Some bosses cannot help doing or trying to do their subordinates' jobs as well as their own.
Asked to comment on a sharp decline in the number of public phones, Miura said NTT East will maintain public phones required under the law but cannot help doing away with other public phones.
Unlike, say, the work of Sherman--which effectively insinuates a mode of reflexivity into an intermedia space--Taylor-Wood's photographic works simply do not articulate the terms of their hybridized medium, no matter how internally contradictory it is; her pared-down films and videos, on the other hand, almost cannot help doing so.
Those (few) who do things well are "serious" (spoudaios) about their lives; they make the "object of conscious attention, the 'political' integration and reconciliation of demands and opportunities that animals with a sense of time cannot help doing anyway" (52).
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