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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.
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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.
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come in useful

to be useful. Your report has come in useful a number of times.
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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.
See also: come, handy, useful

make yourself ˈuseful

help other people: Come on, Hannah. Make yourself useful and peel those potatoes for me.
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A fine collection, useful for students to use on their own or for teachers in class.
Over 76 percent of participants believed they had learned information useful for their jobs, and nearly 60 percent of participants believed they could not have attended the workshop if it had been offered as traditional face-to-face professional development.
The paper by Foster and Parrish on metamorphic monazite is a useful review that also contains some new ideas on establishing monazite within a quantitative metamorphic framework.
However, if these tests are either not conducted or conducted poorly, they are not useful clinically and may create a false sense that therapy is rationally guided.
Useful Method 21 "Sieve Analysis of Pulpwood Chips" is referenced in a number of industry specifications, and TAPPI receives numerous requests for this document.
This sealing property is useful for items such as gaskets and seals, rubber keypads, medical catheters and pharmaceutical packaging.
Land preparation costs with a limited useful life can be depreciated, provided they are not inextricably associated with the land.
When Zaben finds--or has reported to him--what appears to be a useful Web page, he reviews, categorizes, and adds it to this site.