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handy

adjective uk   us   /ˈhæn.di/

handy adjective (USEFUL)

C2 useful or convenient: a handy container/tool First-time visitors to France will find this guide particularly handy. It's a nice house and it's handy for (= near) the train station.informal Don't throw those bottles away - they'll come in handy (= be useful) for the picnic next Sunday.

handy adjective (SKILFUL)

[after verb] able to use something skilfully: Jonathan's good at putting up wallpaper, but he's not so handy with a paintbrush. Susannah's very handy (= good at doing things that need skilled use of the hands) about the house.
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