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 ?
"The animal would very quickly have dragged us where we could not have done much to help ourselves, and where we have no business to be."
"We're in hell, an' we can't help ourselves. An', you know, I kind of like you a whole lot.
"But don't let us worry over such things, Zeb; we can't help ourselves just now, you know, and I've always been told it's foolish to borrow trouble."
We felt our inexperience, and were unable to help ourselves. We should have been at her mercy, if she had had any; but she was a remorseless woman, and had none.
We cannot help ourselves. We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us.
"We must do what we can to help ourselves," I said.
Given how climate change is impacting the world I think it is high time we do something to help ourselves and future generations.
Hat We could help ourselves by putting more of an emphasis on sport in general in schools.
But, the advice of our elders about choosing the career plays important role to help ourselves also.
'We must help ourselves and stop relying entirely on others to help us,' he said, adding that Yayasan Sarawak has increased its capacity to send more students to study both locally and abroad in pursuit of new knowledge up to doctorate level.
There will also be reviews of all deaths by suicide so lessons can be learned and new public awareness campaigns so all of us can spot the signs of someone who needs help, or know where to go if we need that help ourselves. The Scottish Association of Mental Health have said the Scottish Government's plan "shows commitment to making suicide prevention a national priority."
''Unless we show readiness to help ourselves by investing in building up a credible defense capability, nobody will help the Philippines in connection with the South China Sea (SCS) dispute,'' Gordon said.
'The whole world will respect us and prospective supporters will support us because we are showing our commitment to help ourselves. Masarap tulungan ang taong tumutulong sa sarili (It feels good to help those who help themselves),' he said.
We will help ourselves and families don't leave each other.