I saw two phrases 'come to one's rescue' and 'come to one's assistance'. What's the difference between them?Thank you.

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  • Kuu A, did you try a dictionary? :) I believe the only similarity between 'rescue' and 'assistance' is both appearing in that set phrase. – M.A.R. Feb 27 '17 at 7:24
  • I just want to know the difference between the two phrases. I had to chose one of them to complete my sentence in my homework. – kuu A Feb 27 '17 at 7:47

Rescue is to save someone or something from a dangerous, harmful, or difficult situation

Assistance is to provide help or support, typically meaning in the sense of resources (see for example).

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    What good does spoonfeeding the answer to the learner do, rather than teaching them to fish from the dictionary? :( – M.A.R. Feb 27 '17 at 8:54
  • @M.A.R., I generally agree, but I could see where someone might find the two phrases similar enough to be confusing. Looking back on the answer, though, I didn't really add much to what could be found in a dictionary search, so you're probably right. – fixer1234 Feb 27 '17 at 9:01
  • Please do not feed the bears. – ColleenV Feb 27 '17 at 13:01
  • @ColleenV & M.A.R., I'm still learning my way around the site's norms. Thanks for the education. :-) – fixer1234 Feb 27 '17 at 18:07
  • If no-one explains it, how will you know? Well, unless you're a mind reader ;) There is a big gray area, but in general if you're having a hard time writing more than the dictionary definition, it may be worth trying to improve the question instead of answering. – ColleenV Feb 27 '17 at 18:16

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