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!
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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
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In a large degree it has been the pennies, the nickels, and the dimes which have come from the Sunday-schools, the Christian Endeavour societies, and the missionary societies, as well as from the church proper, that have helped to elevate the Negro at so rapid a rate.
I now made her a visit, and I found that she drove something of the old trade still, but that she was not in such flourishing circumstances as before; for she had been sued by a certain gentleman who had had his daughter stolen from him, and who, it seems, she had helped to convey away; and it was very narrowly that she escaped the gallows.
He learned to sweep the stable, to bring in the straw and hay; he began to clean the harness, and helped to wash the carriage.
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* Individual offices contributed to select causes, including the Kansas City office, which worked with the local chapter of the Heart to Heart International and helped to coordinate and publicize a northland donation effort,
The United States has helped to forge a new international consensus on promoting development through growth-oriented assistance.
And for one moment in time that bond helped to keep us intact as a neighborhood."
Wright states, "The object [of the church] seems to be to serve men, rather than to get members, and though the church proper has only 250 members its social influence has been seen in the lives of thousands of citizens who have been helped to respectability and goodness" (Wright, 1907, p.91).
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Those community-partnering initiatives helped to produce a more college-ready student for the community college, and also forged stronger links between faculty at the different educational levels.
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ARE YOU AMONG THE CURRENT GENERATION OF African Americans who, while enjoying the rights of inclusion the civil rights movement helped to secure, see little or no value today in the organizations that delivered the goods?
We helped to successfully walk India and Pakistan back from the brink of war last year.