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Difference between Carry coals and Carry coals to Newcastle

carry coals —(also: bear coals) submit to humiliation or insult:

  • Abraham observes that they will not carry coals, meaning that they would not put up with insults.

carry coals to Newcastletake goods, etc. to a place where they are plentiful:

  • My colleagues have already spoken extensively…. To repeat these statements would be to carry coals to Newcastle.