Definition of coals to Newcastle in English:

coals to Newcastle

phrase

  • Something supplied to a place where it is already plentiful.

    • ‘Thanks to the poor harvest in France (it was just too hot over there) he actually exported some Wight garlic to a French company - truly an example of selling coals to Newcastle.’
    • ‘Carrying beer to Bierfest was on a par with carrying coals to Newcastle or water to the Thames.’
    • ‘It takes a certain kind of cheek for a Russian opera company to bring Carmen to Paris - the operatic equivalent of coals to Newcastle.’
    • ‘It smacks of taking coals to Newcastle but the Forestry Commission hopes it is on to a money spinner by sending wood to Scandinavia.’
    • ‘Although it might sound a bit like selling coals to Newcastle, exporting daffodils to Holland is exactly what bulb growers in Britain are now doing.’