Definition of Come in handy

1. Verb. Be useful for a certain purpose.

Generic synonyms: Be

Definition of Come in handy

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To be useful or helpful, especially at some time in the future. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Come In Handy

come down to us
come down with
come for
come forth
come forward
come from
come from behind
come full circle
come hell or high water
come hither
come home
come home to roost
come in
come in for
come in from the cold
come in handy (current term)
come into
come into being
come into effect
come into force
come into its own
come near
come of
come of age
come off it
come on down
come on home
come on over

Literary usage of Come in handy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1892)
"Large or small they often come in handy in an emergency as shelves, or aids to decoration. WE remind the trade that our Annual ..."

2. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1878)
"... and on our expressing concurrence, he went on : " Ay, they come in handy to fasten boats to— they are main handy in more ways than one. ..."

3. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"... to come home to (in a fig. sense), zu Hilfe kommen to come to one's aid, zustatten kommen to come in handy to, be of use to, zu stehen kommen (see 269. ..."

4. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1887)
"Tour respective manuscripts, which I am sorry not to have utilised on this occasion, will no doubt come in handy for the Symposia of next month's Magazines. ..."

5. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1902)
"A merchant seaman is so hard to teach anything new, that were it not that they come in handy for such work as sailmaking, they would not be of much value to ..."

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