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helping hand

aid; assistance:
to give the destitute a helping hand.
Origin of helping hand
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Olaves behaved as if nothing was the matter, and even civilly offered a helping-hand in breaking the bar-iron.

    One of Life's Slaves Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie
  • Time out of mind she was known to have a good advice and a helping-hand for all who required either.

  • Jonathan, never busy himself, lent a helping-hand, and he and Walsingham at once became friends.

    The Way of the Wind Zoe Anderson Norris
  • Their enthusiasm was undoubtedly great, and the idea of lending a helping-hand to another country evidently fascinated them.

    The Boer in Peace and War Arthur M. Mann
British Dictionary definitions for helping-hand

helping hand

assistance: many people lent a helping hand in making arrangements for the party
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Idioms and Phrases with helping-hand

helping hand

see under lend a hand
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