- (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."
- To exhibit self-control.
- Sorry for eating all the chocolates - I couldn't help myself.
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see help.
- God helps those who help themselves.
take something freely
to help oneself — see make use