Newcastle

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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Newcastle

see carry coals to Newcastle.

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newcastle

city and port, New South Wales, Australia. It lies at the mouth of the Hunter River, 104 miles (168 km) by rail northeast of Sydney

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"I can just remember an old brown-coated man who was the Walton of this stream, who had come over from Newcastle, England, with his son,—the latter a stout and hearty man who had lifted an anchor in his day. A straight old man he was, who took his way in silence through the meadows, having passed the period of communication with his fellows; his old experienced coat, hanging long and straight and brown as the yellow pine bark, glittering with so much smothered sunlight, if you stood near enough, no work of art but naturalized at length. I often discovered him unexpectedly amid the pads and the gray willows when he moved, fishing in some old country method,—for youth and age then went a-fishing together,—full of incommunicable thoughts, perchance about his own Tyne and Northumberland. He was always to be seen in serene afternoons haunting the river, and almost rustling with the sedge; so many sunny hours in an old man's life, entrapping silly fish; almost grown to be the sun's familiar; what need had he of hat or raiment any, having served out his time, and seen through such thin disguises? I have seen how his coeval fates rewarded him with the yellow perch, and yet I thought his luck was not in proportion to his years; and I have seen when, with slow steps and weighed down with aged thoughts, he disappeared with his fish under his low-roofed house on the skirts of the village. I think nobody else saw him; nobody else remembers him now, for he soon after died, and migrated to new Tyne streams. His fishing was not a sport, nor solely a means of subsistence, but a sort of solemn sacrament and withdrawal from the world, just as the aged read their Bibles."
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