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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
The old woman said, 'If you would help yourselves, one of you must go into the wood, and there he will come upon a tumble-down building of rocks which looks like a little house.
"Now, then, fall to, ladies, and help yourselves. Never mind if the china don't hold out; take the sardines by their little tails, and wipe your fingers on my brown-paper napkins," said Kate, setting the example with such a relish, that the others followed it in a gale of merriment.
"I would like to urge everyone that's reading this to take five minutes out of their day to read up about mental health and how you can help yourselves and others.
"You want to survive in the Premier League but you are not going to help yourselves by jumping on his back before he's even got going so you need to give him a chance at least."
Listen To The Radio (1982) has on it three compositions from the prolific pen of Bob McDill - If Hollywood Don't Need You, Standing In A Sea Of Teardrops and Help Yourselves To Each Other.
"Pero kayo, dahil kayo naman ay mga negosyante, may mga pera naman kayo, tulungan niyo ang sarili niyo muna (But since you are businessmen and you have the means, help yourselves for now)," he added.
"Since you are businessmen, you have money so you have to help yourselves first.
Come early, bring friends and help yourselves to some DVDs from the large collection of classic films shown over the years.
"Nobody is going to help you, you have to help yourselves. If we help ourselves we'll be in a good position." Klopp's criticism of referee Kevin Friend following Monday's 1-1 draw with West Ham led to talk of the Reds boss feeling the pressure but Dalglish is adamant that's not the case.
The signs say: "There are plenty treats around the park and on the field for your dogs (please help yourselves) "Happy hunting and enjoy the vets bills.
After casting your votes, please do come to our shops and help yourselves to a bowl of free bak kut teh!
After President Michel Aoun announced that a National Defense Strategy would be discussed after the parliamentary elections in May, the international community jumped on the comments and seemed to say, "We're here to help, but you must help yourselves first."
"Please help yourselves to cereal bars because lunch will only be served at two." I however, wasn't around for it: the nice soldiers who had dropped me off the previous afternoon had come to pick me up, and as we made our way back past the two army checkposts and the Frontier Force Base in Thumrait, I began to once again grow accustomed to the flurry of beeps from my phone, which had once again regained contact with the outside world, now that we had left the camp in Marmul, where a lack of mobile phone data meant we were all but cut off from the outside world.
A STOCKTON paint shop is giving away hundreds of unwanted tins of paint - and has told punters "just come and help yourselves".
DaiSerious Ahh yes, not just Warburton but Warburton out of position too, you just couldn't help yourselves. Kaino is the best 6 in the world, it's not even debatable.