Meaning of COAL in English

coal S2 W2 /kəʊl $ koʊl/ BrE AmE noun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: col ]

1 . [uncountable] a hard black mineral which is dug out of the ground and burnt to produce heat:

Put some coal on the fire.

the coal mining industry

a lump of coal

2 . [countable usually plural] a piece of coal, especially one that is burning:

Red hot coals glowed in the grate.

3 . [countable usually plural] American English a piece of wood or coal that is burning ⇨ charcoal :

Grill over hot coals for two minutes.

4 . carry/take coals to Newcastle British English to take something to a place where there is already plenty of it available

5 . haul/rake/drag somebody over the coals to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong

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