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adjective handy pronunciation in British English /ˈhændi/
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  1. 1
    a handy electronic diary
    handy for: The book is handy for quick reference.
    be handy to do something: It’s always handy to have a couple of spare batteries.
    handy hints/tips: The article gave lots of handy hints for decorating a small flat.
  2. 2
    close to you and therefore easy to reach or get to
    keep something handy: Keep your pills handy just in case you feel seasick.
    handy for: The hotel is handy for the beach.
  3. 3
    good at doing or making things with your hands
    handy with: He’s very handy with a paintbrush (=good at painting).


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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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