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 ?
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.
Jane Ross made it 4-0 and Little helped herself to three more before Caroline Weir ended the rout.
When the 85-year-old man she was looking after went into hospital, Michelle Knight helped herself to PS2,000 from his bank account.
Effat Chowdhury helped herself to more than [pounds sterling]13,500 of her employer's money after learning her PIN number while helping her shop.
Broughton, 30, of Audmore Road, Gnosall, Stafford, helped herself to PS22,420 over six months before she was rumbled.
North Tyneside Magistrates' Court was told that Cherry first went into the store on April 16 and helped herself to PS1,500-worth of designer handbags before leaving.
North TynesideMagistrates' Court was told that Cherry first went into the store on April 16 and helped herself to [pounds sterling]1,500-worth of designer handbags before leaving.
But Cox found it anyway and helped herself to the necklaces when she was visiting the address in South Broomhill just weeks before Christmas.
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.
Arsenal Ladies .......3 Glasgow City ..........0 Danielle Carter helped herself to a double as Arsenal dumped City to leave their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.