- aid; assistance: to give the destitute a helping hand.
Origin of helping hand
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for helping hand
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
Jonathan, never busy himself, lent a helping-hand, and he and Walsingham at once became friends.The Way of the Wind
Zoe Anderson Norris
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.Chambers's Edinburgh Journal Vol. XVII. No. 418. New Series.
William and Robert Chambers
- assistancemany people lent a helping hand in making arrangements for the party
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Idioms and Phrases with helping hand
see under lend a hand.
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