unable to help

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Adv.1.unable to help - in a helpless mannerunable to help - in a helpless manner; "the crowd watched him helplessly"
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How painful to see these suffering children, and to be unable to help them!
I do not like to interfere on the present occasion, as hounds have been known to eat sheep as well as hares." The Hare then applied, as a last hope, to the calf, who regretted that he was unable to help her, as he did not like to take the responsibility upon himself, as so many older persons than himself had declined the task.
Who's here?" asked Levin, unable to help blushing, as he knocked the snow off his cap with his glove.
Fraser, and I at a distance unable to help my own cause.
As I ran out to the tennis court a few moments later, I had to pass the open boudoir window, and was unable to help overhearing the following scrap of dialogue.
With all the goodwill in the world he may be unable to help you.
Pray tell Miss Halcombe, at the same time, that I sincerely regret being, thus far, unable to help her, except by advice, which will not be more welcome, I am afraid, to her than to you."
If I turn out to be mistaken in my anticipations, and if you prove unable to help me when you are really aware of what I want, I shall trust to your honour to keep my secret--and something tells me that I shall not trust in vain."
We felt our inexperience, and were unable to help ourselves.
The guards were unable to help any one -- each one was occupied with his self-preservation.
Would not our veteran, dying of hunger, and unable to help himself, be worthy of rank with Homer?
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday through social media that he is unable to help it as Umno's bank accounts have been frozen.