Help

do one’s bit

Meaning: to do a share of a task.

Example: When people can "do their bit", they are helping support a larger cause. Read on

spare someone’s blushes

Meaning: to stop someone from feeling awkward or embarrassed.

Example: My teacher spoke up to spare the blushes of the new student. Read on

under the auspices

Meaning: under the protection, sponsorship, or patronage

Example: We restored the home under the auspices of the historical society. Read on

leg up

Meaning: give or receive assistance to achieve a goal

Example: Completing the summer study program gives pupils a leg up in the following academic year. Read on

tide over

Meaning: temporary help (often financial)

Example: When I was at university, my mother always sent me food parcels to tide me over until my next grant cheque came. Read on

scratch back

Meaning: do someone a favour hoping that a favour will be returned

Example: I don't mind helping him out this time, he's scratched my back many times. Read on

charity begins at home

Meaning: the family comes first, and one should help their family before helping others

Example: She spends the little money that she earns on social work and neglects her own family, forgetting that charity begins at home. Read on

build bridges

Meaning: to foster good relationships

Example: A non-governmental organization is engaged in building bridges between different communal groups in the city. Read on

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alter ego

alter ego Meaning: another aspect of oneself, a very close friend or constant companion, a trusted adviser. Example: Jack was the alter ego of Rose in the Titanic … Read on

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