help out(redirected from helping out)
1. To aid someone in doing something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "help" and "out." Can you help out with the bake sale? Oh sure, I can help you out with that.
2. To give or provide someone with something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "help" and "out." Any chance you can help me out with the name of a good plumber? If you need money for the tip, I can help you out with a few dollars.
3. To help someone or something to remove something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "help" and "out." Please help Grandma out of her coat.
4. To help someone or something to physically get out of some thing or place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "help" and "out." I had to help the scared dog out of the cage.
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help (someone) out
to help someone do something; to help someone with a problem. I am trying to raise this window. Can you help me out? I'm always happy to help out a friend.
help someone (or an animal) out (of something)
1. to help someone or an animal get out of something or some place. Please help your grandmother out of the car. Please help the cat out of the carton.
2. to help someone or an animal get out of a garment. She helped the dog out of its sweater. I helped her out of her coat when we got inside.
3. to help someone or an animal get out of trouble. Can you please help me out of this mess that I got myself into? You are in a real mess. We will help you out.
help out (with something)
to help with a particular chore. Would you please help out with the dishes? I have to help out at home on the weekends.
some place to help [with the chores] in a particular place. Would you be able to help out in the kitchen? Sally is downtown, helping out at the shop.
Give additional assistance, as in I offered to help out with the holiday rush at the store. [Early 1600s]
1. To assist someone in doing some work or activity: Our children always help us out with the chores. You can help out the neighbors by raking their leaves. This place is a mess—come help out.
2. To aid someone by providing something: We helped out my relatives by lending them money after the fire. When my neighbors needed a ladder to fix the roof, I helped them out. After the disaster, we helped out by donating money.
3. To assist someone emerging from something or some place: An assistant helped the injured man out of the car.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.