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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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At the same time, however, Heidegger also reminds us that "[w]hat is peculiar to what is initially at hand is that it withdraws, so to speak, in its character of handiness in order to be really handy" (65).
cleanness of environment, accuracy of measuring instruments, utilization of measuring method and mainly by handiness of workers.
Other women immediately recognize the versatility and sheer handiness of carrying a knife, and end up purchasing several.
For teachers there will be the exhibition book, written by David Crystal and lavishly illustrated with colour plates of extra items not included in the exhibition, as well as lots of CDs of recordings of poets, speechmakers and other material that might come in pedagogical handiness.
The screen icon-bodies have the levity and handiness of picture-cards which can be made flow in a space without resistance, no matter how heavy and strong the movement is when performed live.
The Taurus ran a close second in terms of size and overall handiness, but was never able to challenge the new King.
One candidate noted that "I would say my handiness at playing games has improved.
Sergeant Calahan takes pleasure in working on the F-22 in a testing environment and likes the handiness of a new system called a Portable Maintenance Aid to troubleshoot problems with the F-22's systems.
We know of several bizjet pilots who love these machines even more for the ease of email and Web site checking in the FBO than for their handiness in the cockpit.
All Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Sachets offer only the best full-leaf teas with the handiness of a tea bag.
30) Without the aesthetic, handiness of form and the superimposed graphics, a cellular phone would be superficial in many respects, in that, it is by pushing the very artistically labeled, colored and formed buttons that the component mechanics within can be activated easily and correctly.
If the value of the new book was exhausted by the convenience of this collection, then handiness would be its greatest significance.
But while there are certainly intriguing gender reversals at work in the May family, like Richard's handiness with pins and needles, it is not possible to equate Ethel's work at Cocksmoor with traditional domesticity, which is adequately represented and rejected in the person of the governess--and thus Ethel's sacrifice of Greek is not quite the same as Norman's sacrifice of Oxford.
David Attwell (1999: 70) alludes to the handiness of the Afrikan Humanist tool, including spiritual faith, in referring to The Wanderers as "organized around the development of Tabane's consciousness as he comes to terms with exile.