helping hand


Definition of helping hand

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Synonyms & Antonyms for helping hand


abetment, aid, assist, assistance, backing, boost, hand, help, leg up, lift, support



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Examples of helping hand in a Sentence

a skilled mechanic who generously provides a helping hand when his neighbors are plagued by car troubles

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First Known Use of helping hand

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of helping hand was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of helping hand

: help or assistance

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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