Definition of come in handy in English:

come in handy


  • Turn out to be useful.

    ‘the sort of junk that might come in handy one day’
    • ‘There are some great links here… lots of stuff I can see coming in handy when Alex gets a bit older.’
    • ‘The cameras ensure responsible behaviour among students and prompt them to be in their limits, besides coming in handy to produce evidence against the erring.’
    • ‘The march of the present policies are already creating fertile ground for the squads, who for mere biological survival will be coming in handy to be used as foot soldiers of Hindutva-sponsored violence.’
    • ‘The browser can zero in on an individual association by using the alphabet or name search, a facility which comes in handy when one is not quite sure of the exact name.’
    • ‘Some of the typical Linux utilities come in very handy when developing a project.’
    • ‘But more celebrations are lined up for Wednesday with a holiday coming in handy.’
    • ‘Illustrated leaflets in colour, designed by NATPAC, are also coming in handy for the Traffic Police.’
    • ‘The headphones are certainly coming in handy… although I probably look like an idiot dancing around the apartment.’
    • ‘From 1981 to 1987 he was chief executive of Channel 4, which no doubt comes in handy when you need to call in a camera crew to help with your cause.’
    • ‘This comes in handy when one is playing Trivial Pursuit or when trying to make a family member feel guilty for some past transgressions.’