does anyone know the origin of the phrase "Lend a hand"? I'm working on a paper about phrases and idioms and can't seem to find any history about it.
lend a hand OED
e. To afford the use or support of (a part of the body); esp. in to lend a hand (or a helping hand)), to render assistance, assist, help.
The OED cites early usage here:
1598 J. Florio Worlde of Wordes The retainer doth some seruice, that now and then..lendes a hande ouer a stile.