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 ?
Carry that basket for me and help yourself to its contents if you are hungry.
But don't take any notice of him; just set him upon my apron, and help yourself to the money.
If you're persuaded that it's time for luck to turn, as it certainly is, and find that you haven't means enough to try it (and that's where it is, for you know, yourself, that you never have the funds to keep on long enough at a sitting), help yourself to what seems put in your way on purpose.
Of course, this isn't a practical solution, but there are ways in which you can help yourself to recover more quickly if you are struck down with a virus this winter.
WATCHING rugby has about as much appeal as living in Rugby - but, from time to time, you can help yourself to a lulu of a bet.
Enjoy a mini-break in Madrid and help yourself to a free tour of Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium while you are in the Spanish capital.
the owners are chefs and can provide meals and you can also help yourself to farm produce.
It's what you help yourself to that is the beetle in the Tory soup.
Anytime you want, just help yourself to a Turtle or Peanut Butter Cup or Raspberry Cheesecake bar.
The Help Yourself to Health session was organised by the county library service with the support of the Healthy Living Network.
They can also help people to understand that yes, Virginia, there is science behind all of this pro-health information and you can help yourself to become healthier.
Don't: Discuss sensitive information with tenants; Smoke in a building; Use profanity; Help yourself to tenants' food or beverage; Show up without the basic tools and parts; Use tenants' telephones and office equipment; Leave tools, ladders, and parts in lobbies or hallways; Blast a radio in an occupied building
She wrote monthly health articles for young women for the magazine, and the book Help Yourself to Beauty.
Help yourself to the leisure facilities available at each venue and there's also excursions to local attractions with your courier.
For more great make-up ideas for night and day, why not visit the new-style Revlon counter, in the self-selection cosmetics area in Boots, Birmingham High Street and help yourself to a festive feast of great value make-up.