help oneself

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help oneself

  1. (reflexive) To take something freely; to serve oneself without restraint.
    He said I could help myself to the chocolates.
    • 1920, Herman Cyril McNeile, Bulldog Drummond Chapter 1
      Hugh helped himself to bacon. "My dear fellow, she can think what she likes so long as she continues to grill bacon like this. Your wife is a treasure, James—a pearl amongst women; and you can tell her so with my love."
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see help.
    God helps those who help themselves.

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