carry/take coals to Newcastle

Definition of carry/take coals to Newcastle

British
:to take something to a place where it is not needed because a large amount of it is already there

Word by Word Definitions

carry play
  1. : to move while supporting : transport

  2. : to convey by direct communication

  3. : conduct, escort

  1. : carrying power

  2. : portage

  3. : the act or method of carrying

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

coal play coals
  1. : a piece of glowing carbon or charred wood : ember

  2. : charcoal

  3. : a black or brownish-black solid combustible substance formed by the partial decomposition of vegetable matter without free access of air and under the influence of moisture and often increased pressure and temperature that is widely used as a natural fuel

  1. : to burn to charcoal : char

  2. : to supply with coal

  3. : to take in coal


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