verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for coal
Origin of coal
OTHER WORDS FROM coalcoal·less, adjective
Words nearby coal
British Dictionary definitions for rake over the coals
Derived forms of coalcoaly, adjective
Word Origin for coal
Scientific definitions for rake over the coals
Idioms and Phrases with rake over the coals (1 of 2)
Also, haul over the coals. Reprimand severely, as in When Dad finds out about the damage to the car, he's sure to rake Peter over the coals, or The coach hauled him over the coals for missing practice. These terms allude to the medieval torture of pulling a heretic over red-hot coals. [Early 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with rake over the coals (2 of 2)
see carry coals to Newcastle; rake over the coals.