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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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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.
And they might usefully bear in mind that a reverse in one country on an initiative that has already been adopted in nine does not threaten the validity or vitality of the EU, and still less vitiate half a century of real achievements in international understanding, built on the ashes of the second world war.
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.
Don't think: The time spent on chatting and interstitial material might more usefully be spent on musical performances.
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.
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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.
Wireless technologies allow companies and businesses to exploit the Internet to improve the bottom line efficiently and usefully, Sajna Hebert says.
Indeed, when privately owned public spaces work well, as they do in a substantial nu mber of cases, the "publicness" of the City is usefully enhanced.
The behavior of the system is representative of several commercial electrolytes and may be employed usefully as a model or "test bed" for exploring the "superfilling" phenomenon.
There are opportunities to "talk" with online customers both in real time--as book vendors, online auctioneers and other vendors do--through automated software and, more usefully, through data interpretation.