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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In the meantime, Doria Ragland, who was rumored to have moved to London to be closer to her daughter, Meghan, will likely also give a helping hand. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hire a Nanny When Their Baby Is Born?," 18 Oct. 2018 The president helped hand out meals at a Baptist church serving as a food distribution center and walked along a neighborhood street strewn with trash, branches and sodden furniture. Fox News, "The Latest: Trump assures South Carolina as flooding lingers," 19 Sep. 2018 Ally is, for all intents and purposes, the star referenced in the title: a struggling singer who achieves international fame after a country star on the decline (Cooper) lends a helping hand. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Deserves an Oscar Just for Her A Star Is Born Interviews," 13 Sep. 2018 For these sweet lovers, there is truly nothing more romantic than when their closest companion lends a helping hand. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 On days when my cash flow is low, thank goodness for my sister, who is always willing to lend a helping hand. Alicia Harper, Redbook, "Don't Judge Me Because...I Still Go Clubbing," 30 Nov. 2011 The truth is, Peter is the kind of guy who always lent a helping hand. Ellie Delano, Woman's Day, "The Little Kindnesses," 12 Jan. 2011 Lean on your family, friends, and neighbors, but don’t forget to offer them a helping hand, too. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "If Climate Change Is Causing You Anxiety or Even Grief, Experts Say You are Not Alone," 19 Oct. 2018 Hill initially found a helping hand from local sports and tourist interests in locating the State Games in San Diego. Glae Thien,, "San Diego's Cal State Games turning 30," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of helping hand

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of helping hand

: help or assistance

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