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 ?
Then she went back to the house, and having helped herself and Toto to a good drink of the cool, clear water, she set about making ready for the journey to the City of Emeralds.
Dalloway's face blanched for a second as she helped herself and saw the potatoes roll this way and that.
She poured out her tea, added a great deal of milk to it, helped herself largely to pie and pickles, and made the familiar gesture of adjusting her false teeth before she began to eat.
In so doing, however, she unintentionally let fall about five hundred diamonds of the first water, together with a thousand great pearls, and two thousand emeralds, rubies, sapphires, opals, and topazes, to which she had helped herself out of the king's strong box.
I really hope that this all gets sorted for her and that she does get somewhere decent to live soon, but I can't help but feel like she has not helped herself and has gotten herself into this mess.
Lyndsay Cooper, 34, of Rhoscefnhir, Pentraeth, Anglesey, worked at Forrest News at Bangor but had gambling problems and helped herself to lottery scratch cards, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.
A well-respected teacher helped herself to more than PS56,000 worth of gift cards, holidays and hotel stays that should have been used as rewards for children with mental health needs.
She hardly helped herself by racing a bit freely in the early stages and when Maxime Guyon realised his mount had no chance of winning, he was far from hard on her in the finish.
0 Danielle Carter helped herself to a double as Arsenal dumped City to leave their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.
If you find something odd about a very well-paid television presenter boasting about the stuff she's found in skips, or the high chair left out in the street for someone more needy that she's helped herself to, then look away now.
A WOMAN who deceived her widowed mum into letting her take care of her finances then helped herself to PS60,000 has been jailed.
Recorder Lloyd Jones said: "This was a lady who was working hard on problems with the shop and helped herself to this money to help the shop.
Victoria Moody preyed on four women out shopping in South Tyneside and helped herself to a haul of cash, store vouchers and mobile phones worth almost pounds 1,000.
Bryers helped herself to pounds 1,130 between November, 2009, and March, 2010, using the woman's bank card.
Corena Briley, 42, consoled her victims in their last days on wards - then helped herself to cash, personal belongings and bank cards.