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Newcastle

[noo-kas-uh l, -kah-suh l, nyoo-]
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noun
  1. 1st Duke of. Pelham-Holles, Thomas.
  2. Also called New·cas·tle-up·on-Tyne [noo-kas-uh l-uh-pon-tahyn, -uh-pawn-, -kah-suh l-, nyoo-] /ˈnuˌkæs əl əˌpɒnˈtaɪn, -əˌpɔn-, -ˌkɑ səl-, ˈnyu-/. a seaport in Tyne and Wear, in NE England, on the Tyne River: shipbuilding; major coal center.
  3. a seaport in E New South Wales, in SE Australia.
  4. a town in SE Ontario, in S Canada, NE of Toronto, on Lake Ontario.
Idioms
  1. carry coals to Newcastle,
    1. to take something to a place where its kind exists in great quantity.
    2. to do something wholly unnecessary.
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Historical Examples

  • Our author describes the figure, as being that of the Countess of Newcastle.

  • Then I returned to Newcastle and bore away the goods in triumph.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Why, it's wonderful, but it looks as though I'd been carrying coals to Newcastle.

    'Smiles'

    Eliot H. Robinson

  • Charles had walked the streets of Newcastle all night, and that had not done him any good.

  • Our steamer was to sail from the Tyne, and we went up to Newcastle to catch it.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell


British Dictionary definitions for newcastle

Newcastle1

noun
  1. a port in SE Australia, in E New South Wales near the mouth of the Hunter River: important industrial centre, with extensive steel, metalworking, engineering, shipbuilding, and chemical industries. It suffered Australia's first recorded fatal earthquake, in 1989. Pop: 279 975 (2001)

Newcastle2

noun
  1. Duke of, the title of Thomas Pelham Holles. 1693–1768, English Whig prime minister (1754–56; 1757–62): brother of Henry Pelham
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Idioms and Phrases with newcastle

Newcastle

see carry coals to Newcastle.

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