Definition of heap coals of fire on someone's head in US English:

heap coals of fire on someone's head

phrase

British
  • Go out of one's way to cause someone remorse.

    • ‘The fact that we have been forgiven by God ought to heap coals of fire on our head, as the Scripture says.’
    • ‘This morning Anna got very mad at one of the girls and Grandmother told her she ought to return good for evil and heap coals of fire on her head.’
    • ‘The relatives of the other three heap coals of fire on my head by continuing to seek medical advice from me.’
    • ‘Therefore if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’
    • ‘But that is certainly not the result in this case, and the magnanimity which desires to recognise in a friendly way the adversary, and which heaps coals of fire on his head, does not help philosophy in the least; for the adversary will not keep quiet, but persists in his attacks.’
    • ‘The good book says that if you extend kindness to your enemies it heaps coals of fire on his head. (Rom 12: 20)’
    • ‘For in so doing you shall heap coals of fire on his head.’
    • ‘The shenanigan only served to heap coals of fire on its head.’
    • ‘For in doing this you will heap coals of fire on his head.’
    • ‘But if we manifest benevolence towards him, we heap coals of fire on his head.’