lend (one) a hand

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lend (one) a hand

To help one; to give one assistance. If you lend me a hand, I can get this done much faster. Lend your mother a hand in the kitchen, will you?
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lend a hand

To help. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lend" and "a." If you can lend a hand, we could use some more help in the kitchen. Lend your mother a hand in the kitchen, will you?
See also: hand, lend
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lend (someone) a hand

 and lend a hand (to someone)
Fig. to give someone some help, not necessarily with the hands. Could you lend me a hand with this piano? I need to move it across the room. Could you lend a hand with this math assignment? I'd be happy to lend a hand.
See also: hand, lend

lend a hand

(to someone) Go to lend (someone) a hand.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lend a hand

Also, lend a helping hand. Be of assistance, as in Can you lend them a hand with putting up the flag, or Peter is always willing to lend a helping hand around the house. [Late 1500s]
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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.

lend (someone) a hand

COMMON If you lend a hand or lend someone a hand, you help someone to do something. If I'd known, I'd have been glad to lend a hand — you should have called me up. I do the cooking and Bryan lends a hand with the washing-up. Could you lend me a hand with these books, please? Note: A hand is used in many other structures with a similar meaning. I used to give Mary a hand with the catering. Need a hand with those? I could see you'd want a hand with the children.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

lend (somebody) a ˈhand (with something)

help somebody (to do something): I saw two men pushing a broken-down car along the road so I stopped to lend them a hand.She stayed with us for three weeks and didn’t once lend a hand with the housework!
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

lend a hand

To be of assistance.
See also: hand, lend
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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