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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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(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.
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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
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come in useful

to be useful. Your report has come in useful a number of times.
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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.
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The findings revealed that perceived ease of use, result demonstrability, subjective norm, and image influenced perceived usefulness. Similarly, as found in TAM2, the interactive impact of job relevance and output quality on perceived usefulness was found in this study, in such a way that when the output quality increased job relevance influences on perceived usefulness became higher.
Therefore, Bhattacherjee (2001) [6] presents an IS continuance model based on Davis et al.'s (1989) Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) [32] and Oliver's (1980) Expectancy Disconfirmation Theory (EDT) [33] asserting that an IS' continuation intention is determined by confirmation and perceived usefulness produced by the results of initial use of IS; confirmation influences perceived usefulness.
Scholars have found that TPACK is positively related to teacher self-efficacy, perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness of technology, and intention to use technology (Abbitt, 2011; Alsofyani et al., 2012; Horzum&Gungoren, 2012; Liu, 2011; Sahin, Celik, Akturk, & Aydin, 2013; Semiz&Ince, 2012).
Hypothesis 1: User-generated information will have a positive effect on the perceived usefulness of a food delivery app.
In this study, TAM will be extended, with external variables added to perceived usefulness and ease of use.
Adding users' perceived value of greenness of transportation could help to ease their doubts and strengthen their trust in the green perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use of green transportation.
The perspective of the students belonging to higher education sector has been viewed; moreover the mediation of perceived usefulness has also been identified.
Response on usefulness of interactive lectures (IL) was acquired by a questionnaire designed separately for students and lecturers.
It remained unclear last night what was behind the move but Mr Dickson's ministry was subject to a judicial commission on its "usefulness".
But, "The Gazette" maintained what it regarded as its usefulness to the British community in Egypt, with only occasional attention to Egyptian national aspirations.
Anthem wound up in second place for usefulness and ease of use, while Medicare ended up second for enjoyability.
The website has been recognised for its usefulness in new-vehicle shopping for a second consecutive time.
The Lord Jesus, with His divine insight, is dedicated to transforming lives that seem beyond redemption and usefulness. In 2 Corinthians 5, we read: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new." Do not despair if others see little potential in your character.