coal

[[t]ko͟ʊl[/t]]
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coals
1) N-UNCOUNT Coal is a hard black substance that is extracted from the ground and burned as fuel.

Gas-fired electricity is cheaper than coal...

Today, oil and natural gas have replaced coal and wood in most areas.

2) N-PLURAL Coals are burning pieces of coal.

The iron teakettle was hissing splendidly over live coals...

When grilling on charcoal, it is important to get the coals white-hot before you start.

3) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR for n/-ing If a person in authority hauls or drags someone over the coals, they speak to them severely about something foolish or wrong that they have done.

I heard later that Uncle Jim had been hauled over the coals for not letting anyone know where we were...

The museum's P.R. man was going to be dragged over the coals for sure.

Syn:
4) PHRASE: usu v PHR If someone is taking coals to Newcastle, they are trying to give or sell someone something that they already have a lot of.

Taking a gun to the United States would be like taking coals to Newcastle.


English dictionary. 2008.

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