Help! [clap / give a hand]

hcjohnny

Senior Member
Mandarin
Hi, what does the word "help" mean here?

A: What are you clapping for?! Help!
B: Didn't you tell me to give you a hand?

In dictionary, help means to provide assistance.
Does it mean the same here?
 
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    I would take it to mean "Help me!" Person A has asked person B to give him a hand. This has two meanings in English. One is to assist someone; the other is to applaud him. Person B has taken it as the second meaning (possibly to avoid having to help.)
     
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