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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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There is also the reminder that Australian educators can usefully draw upon the experiences of colleagues in other countries, such as the USA and Canada, with longer research and practice histories in primary-secondary transition.
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.
Clearly, there are always deals on the table but it usefully underlines Candle's current dilemma as it tries to decide what it wants to be, a systems management company for the internet age or an EAI enterprise application integration vendor.
In his piercing preface Indiana writes, "One could usefully argue that many of American society's most admired figures, its so-called role models, from CEOs to movie stars, including some of Versace's most audible mourners after the event, could easily qualify as sociopaths, the culture of narcissism having segued some years ago into the culture of total-self-aggrandizement-by-whatever-means-present-themselves.
In dealing with traditional Christology, however, he might more usefully have summarized the position of a sophisticated contemporary representative of such a position, and then pointed out its shortcomings.
He suggests that speculation about quantum computers-much discussed but so far unrealized-can usefully illuminate the inner workings of quantum mechanics.
This is best done inside the facility, rather than passing the employee on to a health care system that is unlikely to contribute usefully in this situation.
And before we race off to go prospecting in those hills, we might usefully recall that fool's gold is much more common and that gold has to be panned for, dug out from other substances.
We suddenly realized we had brought businessmen into the policy-making process more directly and more usefully than simply producing research papers could.
More usefully, wood was used to move masses of men, horses, guns, and material over corduroy roads, rail beds, and bridges.
Finally, particularly helpful for students and new job placement counselors is the section on potential employment barriers which are usefully cross-referenced to employment strategies specifically designed to alleviate those barriers.
Any excess power from nuclear power plants can be usefully diverted to the manufacture of hydrogen.
Our membership fee for the EU amounts to pounds 40 million a day, money that could be spent more usefully on our health and educational services, let alone on support for our manufacturers such as Jaguar.