coals to Newcastle

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Newcastle upon Tyne (in Britain) was a major coal-exporting city, so sending coal there would be pointless.


coals to Newcastle pl (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) A pointless venture, in the sense of sending something to a place where it's made, or where they already have an abundance.
    Synonyms: owls to Athens

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