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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Just four tournaments into her post-pregnancy comeback, the working mom of 10-month-old, Alexis Olympia, is traveling with a number of helping hands. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "For Serena and tennis moms, it takes a village," 8 July 2018 Multiple former inmates helped hand them out, including Khalil Rushdan, who served 15 years before the Arizona Justice Project helped get his case overturned. Kaila White, azcentral, "Prison-reform activists give pillows made from pads, tampons to Arizona legislators," 7 Mar. 2018 Other population structures may not automatically enhance natural selection, but most of them at least have the potential to amplify advantageous mutations and give evolution a helping hand. John Rennie, WIRED, "This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving," 1 July 2018 As a freshman, Gray Jr. was the first to applaud his teammates' accomplishments and give them a helping hand when down and that compassion has continued up to his senior year. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Floyd Central's Summer Allen wins Courier Journal's I Am Sport Award," 7 June 2018 While his team mates just jump into their flashy motors and zoom off after being dropped off back after away games, Juan has taken it on himself to stay behind and give a helping hand to the ordinary staff., "Manchester United Ace Lauded Over Selfless Act to Aid Kit Staff With Dirty Washing," 13 Apr. 2018 And to Markle's credit, recognizing Middleton's hectic schedule, the royal newcomer has been quick to lend a helping hand around the palace. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle is Keeping Kate Middleton Company During Her Pregnancy," 26 Mar. 2018 The Unique Gift Foundation’s school in Saidpur, northern Bangladesh, is a helping hand to families of such children. Eam Asaduzzaman And Shababa Iqbal, The Christian Science Monitor, "School in Bangladesh builds confidence for autistic students – and their parents," 10 July 2018 But the truth is that women do need at least one helping hand in light of the many hands that have held them down for so long. David Yang And Nimit Maru, Recode, "We need more women in tech in order to get more women in tech," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of helping hand

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: help or assistance

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