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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.
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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.
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

come in useful

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

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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We here suggest sustained recent English attempts to elaborate a broader national institutional architecture in healthcare KM--including but going well beyond CLAHRCs --can usefully be understood from this macro as well as a micro level.
In this latter respect particularly, this edition will usefully serve to redress a frequent imbalance ensuing from the absence hitherto of such an edition: undergraduates of French Renaissance programmes are usually acquainted with Marguerite de Navarre but not with de Crenne.
While "Short Century" included art from the '40s onward, usefully glossing African modernism in its concern to create a genealogy for contemporary work, the present survey of living artists takes a further step toward establishing once and for all the validity of contemporary African art.
As Franklin himself wrote, "I would rather have it said, 'He lived usefully' than 'He died rich.'" On his 300th birthday, JS salutes the man whom historian Frederick Jackson Turner called "the first great American"--Benjamin Franklin.
You say in your letter that you bought the car on finance, which usefully gives you more consumer protection than if you'd paid cash.
It also offers a usefully unsettling glimpse of the prevailing priorities in our increasingly nationalized penal system.
The volume is handsomely produced, with plentiful high-quality colorplates and usefully indexed with concepts as well as names.
Head of the research team, Prof Veena Sahajwalla, said: "The use of plastics as a fuel supplement not only has the potential to reduce the carbon intensity of the iron making process, but also usefully reduce large quantities of troublesome waste." *More information: Frank van Schagen, Cooperative Research Centre for Coal in Sustainable Development, Tel + 61 7 3871 4400
A host that becomes infected, but is not required for the maintenance of the population of a pathogen, can usefully be called an incidental host.
Future issues could usefully consider any one of the themes covered in each of the papers, in much greater depth, as well as many other themes that simply could not be covered in this present overview edition: among them, the nature of social work training in the Arab world, the development of curricula, the possibility of community development, strategies for group work, issues of acculturation, reaccultoration, and the mobility of peoples, rural versus urban practice, how social work responds to changing social needs, and the influence of geopolitics and globalization upon social work and social policy in the Arab world.
13] usefully criticizes the "vast tent" of the so-called war on terrorism, but then Hoffmann himself uses the phrase in a way that is widespread, encouraged by Bush and harmful: "The war on terrorism ..." Hoffmann says, accepting the phrase, would usefully be addressed, along with the Israel-Palestinian issue, before we turn on Iraq.
A local point of the course will be imparting introductory skill development for obtaining proficiency in drafting patent applications and in usefully partnering with patent counsel in articulating claims and applications, as well as examination responses encountered during patent prosecution.
Despite the impact of school reform, there are some sector comparisons that usefully illustrate the confrontations experienced by students during transfer.
THE Echo's `It's your money' campaign often demonstrates how our tax pounds could be more usefully spent.
By contrast, Hit to Kill articulates a version of the debate usefully frozen in time before September 11, immortalizing the unfortunate positions such missile defense advocates as Curt Weldon (R-PA) seized upon to criticize the Clinton administration: "Because of the president's misguided decision, our children will remain completely unprotected against the weapon of choice for rogue nations and terrorist groups--the missile."