coals to Newcastle






coals to Newcastle

something brought or sent to a place where it is already plentiful

Coal from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northern England was famously abundant in previous centuries and
carry coals to Newcastle has been an expression for an unnecessary activity since the mid 17th century.


Related Idioms :


haul someone over the coals

reprimand someone severely

This expression originated in a form of torture that involved dragging the victim over the coals of a slow fire.



heap coals of fire on his head

go out of your way to cause someone to feel remorse – British

This phrase is of biblical origin…if thine enemy hunger, feed him…if he thirst, give him drink…for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (Romans 12 : 20)




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