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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It tells of the evolution of an important and now almost disappeared transport link to demonstrate the kinds of challenges needed to "carry coals to Newcastle".
UNION leaders want to carry coals back to Newcastle by opening two mines - creating 7,000 jobs.