handy


handy
[[t]hæ̱ndi[/t]]
handier, handiest
1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is handy is useful.

The book gives handy hints on looking after indoor plants...

Credit cards can be handy - they mean you do not have to carry large sums of cash.

2) PHRASE: V inflects If something comes in handy, it is useful in a particular situation.

That key will come in handy if you lock yourself out...

The $20 check came in very handy.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ A thing or place that is handy is nearby and therefore easy to get or reach.

It would be good to have a pencil and paper handy...

Keep handy a lightweight sweater or cardigan...

This lively town is handy for Londoners.

4) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ with n Someone who is handy with a particular tool is skilful at using it. [INFORMAL]

If you're handy with a needle you could brighten up your sweater with giant daisies.


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