help (oneself) to

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help (oneself) to

To take something for one's own use. (Whether one is actually allowed to take something, however, depends on the context.) Please, help yourself to anything in the cooler. I can't believe you helped yourself to the last piece of cake when you knew I wanted it!
See also: help

help (oneself) to

1. To serve or provide oneself with: Help yourself to the cookies.
2. Informal To take (something) without asking permission: The thief even helped himself to the spare change in the jar.
See also: help
References in classic literature ?
So we made a flank attack around the end of the bar, shoved the protesting barkeepers aside, and helped ourselves to bottles.
But he shouldn't be treated too unkindly because the gene for cheating is in men's DNA - we helped ourselves to it while the missus was at her mother's.