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come in handy

To be especially useful, often in a particular setting or situation. It was a lot colder out than I thought it would be, so your jacket really came in handy! That flashlight comes in handy when I'm trying to find something in my car at night.
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come in handy

[for something] to be useful. I think that this gadget will come in handy in the kitchen.
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come in handy

Be useful or convenient, as in This check will really come in handy. [Mid-1800s] Also see come in, def. 4.
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ˌcome in ˈhandy/ˈuseful

(informal) be useful when needed: The money my aunt gave me will come in handy to pay for my music lessons.
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The handiest way to locate the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund in your workplace brochure is to first look up the federation Human Service Charities of America (HSCA), then look alphabetically.
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Hamilton calls this a matter of "norm creation" - social science jargon for moral suasion, not a feature of even the handiest of gadgets.
By choosing republicanism as the handiest tool for both recovering these commitments and given them a defensible anti-capitalist demeanour, Esposito joins a campaign that now includes most historians of the US left.
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When you're too hungry, you'll be less likely to care about what you choose and simply grab the handiest food around--but perhaps not the healthiest.
For a time-at least until the Iran/contra scandal broke-it appeared that anti-Khomeinism had surpassed anticommunism as the handiest justification for American power projections.
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I can't imagine seeing a house in the handiest of all the perennials.
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