carry coals

carry coals

To allow oneself to be mocked or humiliated. You shut your mouth right now! I refuse to carry coals just because you're angry about work!
See also: carry, coal
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His detractors jokingly suggested he carry coals to Newcastle from America so he did and made a fortune
UNION leaders want to carry coals back to Newcastle by opening two mines - creating 7,000 jobs.