coals to Newcastle


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coals to Newcastle

- Something brought or sent to a place where it is already plentiful; it is a reference to the English town of Newcastle upon Tyne, historically a major coal exporter.
See also related terms for sent.
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References in classic literature ?
Sure, sir," answered the barber, "you are too wise a man to carry a broken head thither; for that would be carrying coals to Newcastle.
However curious it may seem for an oil-ship to be borrowing oil on the whale-ground, and however much it may invertedly contradict the old proverb about carrying coals to Newcastle, yet sometimes such a thing really happens; and in the present case Captain Derick De Deer did indubitably conduct a lamp-feeder as Flask did declare.
And 'twould be like carrying coals to Newcastle, to drive those harts to Sherwood
SENDING coals to Newcastle or selling ice to the Eskimos are idioms that define pointlessness.
OK, that's a bit like taking coals to Newcastle, but it's the thought that counts.
Quartz found the vast majority of what Iran bought from the US in April was rice, lentils and chickpeas--though sending US chickpeas to the Middle East might smack of sending coals to Newcastle to some.
YOU'VE heard of selling ice to the Eskimos, sand to the Arabs and coals to Newcastle but how about Welsh stout to the Land of Guinness?
A source said: "He may be Goldenballs but it's like sending coals to Newcastle.
IT sounds a bit like sending coals to Newcastle or selling refrigerators to the Eskimos.
But while Mexico is the world's largest producer of avocados, this isn't like shipping coals to Newcastle, said authorities, who estimated the California avocado industry will gain $6 million to $24 million a year from the new exports.
Never mind coals to Newcastle, Panesar Foods of West Bromwich is exporting Mexican chilli pepper sauce to the Mexicans, with help from UK Trade & Investment (formerly Trade Partners UK)--the government body dedicated to providing UK companies with global expertise on international trade and investment.
This is more than a case of carrying coals to Newcastle, by which I mean, the area doesn't need any more history superimposed on it, especially of the intoxicatingly distilled kind Disney is proposing.