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come in handy Informal

Meaning: You can say something might come in handy if you think it might be useful.

For example:

  • It's a good thing you took those extra clothes. They came in handy after I fell in the river.

  • You should always take a pocket knife. It's amazing how often one can come in handy.

Quick Quiz:

Those boxes might come in handy, so
  1. don't keep them
  2. don't throw them away
  3. don't hand them to me

Discuss: come in handy

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