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(as) useful as a chocolate teapot

Utterly useless (because pouring boiling water into a chocolate teapot would melt it). That umbrella is stuck inside out, so it's about as useful as a chocolate teapot right now.
See also: chocolate, teapot, useful

(as) useful as tits on a bull

vulgar slang Utterly ineffectual, worthless, or unnecessary. Primarily heard in Australia. Hey, thanks for the broken wrench—it's as useful as tits on a bull. I know next to nothing about computers, so I'd be useful as tits on a bull trying to figure out what's wrong with your laptop.
See also: bull, on, tit, useful

come in useful

To be especially helpful, 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 useful! That flashlight comes in useful when I'm trying to find something in my car at night.
See also: come, useful

make (oneself) useful

To do something that is actively helpful or of assistance to others. You know, instead of just sitting there watching TV, you could make yourself useful and take out the garbage. Towards the end of the party, I decided to make myself useful and wash the dishes.
See also: make, useful
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come in useful

to be useful. Your report has come in useful a number of times.
See also: come, useful
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: come, handy, useful

make yourself ˈuseful

help other people: Come on, Hannah. Make yourself useful and peel those potatoes for me.
See also: make, useful
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