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Language: Old English
Origin: col

coal

noun
     
Related topics: Household, Geology, Gas, Coal, Oil
coal S3 W2
1 [uncountable]TPGHEG a hard black mineral which is dug out of the ground and burnt to produce heat:
Put some coal on the fire.
the coal mining industry
a lump of coal
2 [countable usually plural]DH a piece of coal, especially one that is burning:
Red hot coals glowed in the grate.
3 [countable usually plural] American English a piece of wood or coal that is burning [↪ charcoal]:
Grill over hot coals for two minutes.
4

carry/take coals to Newcastle

British English to take something to a place where there is already plenty of it available
5

haul/rake/drag somebody over the coals

to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong

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