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make yourself useful

This page is about the conversational phrase make yourself useful

Meaning

You can use this to tell someone to stop wasting time and do something useful.

For example

  • Her assistant was staring at his phone when she said, "Could you make yourself useful and get me a coffee?"

  • The kids weren't doing anything, so I said, "Why don't you make yourselves useful and help your mother."

Quick Quiz

If someone says "Make yourself useful", they want you to

a. make them less useful

b. do something useful

c. be useful to yourself

Contributor: Matt Errey