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Idioms for Newcastle
- to take something to a place where its kind exists in great quantity.
- to do something wholly unnecessary.
British Dictionary definitions for carry coals to newcastle (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for carry coals to newcastle (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for carry coals to newcastle
To do something that is obviously superfluous; Newcastle is a city in northeast England where coal is mined: “Karen wanted to give Dad a magazine subscription for his birthday, but I said that would be like carrying coals to Newcastle, since he already has fifteen or twenty subscriptions.”
Idioms and Phrases with carry coals to newcastle (1 of 2)
Do or bring something superfluous or unnecessary, as in Running the sprinkler while it's raining, that's carrying coals to Newcastle. This metaphor was already well known in the mid-1500s, when Newcastle-upon-Tyne had been a major coal-mining center for 400 years. It is heard less often today but is not yet obsolete.
Idioms and Phrases with carry coals to newcastle (2 of 2)
see carry coals to Newcastle.