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, chapter 1, in Bulldog Drummond:
      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. To exhibit self-control.
    Sorry for eating all the chocolates - I couldn't help myself.
  3. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see help.
    God helps those who help themselves.