Carry Coals to Newcastle

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To bring extra, to do anything pointless and needless

Etymology:

  • In Newcastle, there are several mines of coals so it will be pointless to bring more coals over there. This idiom is used for such cases for instance bringing snowballs to people of North Pole.  
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Submitted on February 25, 2019

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carry coals to newcastleTo do something that is unneeded or redundant.
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