carry/take coals to Newcastle

Definition of carry/take coals to Newcastle


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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move while supporting :  transport

    :  to convey by direct communication

    :  conduct, escort

  1. :  carrying power

    :  the range of a gun or projectile or of a struck or thrown ball

    :  portage

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

    :  to seize or capture physically

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

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

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

    :  charcoal

    :  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

    :  to supply with coal

    :  to take in coal

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