American Idioms and Expressions

Carry Coals To Newcastle Idiom

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carry coals to Newcastle
What does carry coals to Newcastle mean?
to bring something of which there is plenty, to duplicate something (Newcastle is a town in England where there is a lot of coal)Bringing extra food to the farmer`s picnic was like bringing coals to Newcastle.
carry coals to Newcastle
What does carry coals to Newcastle mean?
to bring something of which you have much of somewhere, to duplicate something (Newcastle is a town in England where there is much coal) Bringing extra food to the farmer`s picnic was like bringing coals to Newcastle.


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