carry coals to new castle

Newcastle

[noo-kas-uhl, -kah-suhl, nyoo-]
noun
1.
1st Duke of, Pelham-Holles, Thomas.
2.
Also called Newcastle-upon-Tyne [noo-kas-uhl-uh-pon-tahyn, -uh-pawn-, -kah-suhl-, nyoo-] . a seaport in Tyne and Wear, in NE England, on the Tyne River: shipbuilding; major coal center.
3.
a seaport in E New South Wales, in SE Australia.
4.
a town in SE Ontario, in S Canada, NE of Toronto, on Lake Ontario.
Idioms
5.
carry coals to Newcastle,
a.
to take something to a place where its kind exists in great quantity.
b.
to do something wholly unnecessary.
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Newcastle1 (ˈnjuːˌkɑːsəl)
 
n
a port in SE Australia, in E New South Wales near the mouth of the Hunter River: important industrial centre, with extensive steel, metalworking, engineering, shipbuilding, and chemical industries. It suffered Australia's first recorded fatal earthquake, in 1989. Pop: 279 975 (2001)

Newcastle2 (ˈnjuːˌkɑːsəl)
 
n
Duke of, the title of Thomas Pelham Holles. 1693--1768, English Whig prime minister (1754--56; 1757--62): brother of Henry Pelham

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