heap coals of fire on (one's) head(redirected from they heap coals of fire)
heap coals of fire on (one's) head
To make a special effort to induce feelings of guilt or remorse in another person. Why are you citing all these examples of times I wronged you? Why are you heaping coals of fire on my head?
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heap coals of fire on someone's headgo out of your way to cause someone to feel remorse. British
This phrase is of biblical origin: ‘if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head’ (Romans 12:20).
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coals of fire
See heap coals of fire.
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