coals of fire


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coals of fire

See heap coals of fire.
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The other was a great Tiger with purple stripes around his lithe body, powerful limbs, and eyes that showed through the half closed lids like coals of fire. The huge forms of these monarchs of the forest and jungle were enough to strike terror to the stoutest heart, and it is no wonder Jim was afraid to face them.
I felt impatient of him and out of temper with him; in which condition he heaped coals of fire on my head.
Of the black man nothing could be seen but his eyes, two coals of fire. All the rest was hat and cloak.
He drank it greedily, but muttered, as I took away the glass, - 'I suppose you're heaping coals of fire on my head, you think?'
But, the confiding young man proceeded to heap coals of fire on his sensitive head.
'He shuns me,' said Sampson, 'even when I would, as I may say, heap coals of fire upon his head.
"He will be missed, especially his humor, which he used adroitly to diffuse difficult situations, but also to heap coals of fire on fools," said his colleague on the Education Committee, Representative Duncan Kilmartin (R).
* SIR - I fail to see why Dafydd Elis-Thomas' suggestion for the abolition of the office of Secretary of State for Wales should have caused the Tories and Labour to heap coals of fire on his head.