coals to newcastle

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A pointless venture, in the sense of sending something to a place where it's made, or where they already have an abundance.

Etymology:

  • Newcastle upon Tyne was a major coal -exporting city, so sending coal there would be pointless.
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1935: No more coals to Newcastle, no more Hoares to Parisattributed to King George V of the United Kingdom, but possibly a joke doing the rounds at the time.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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