cold comfort

  AUTHOR OF “COLD COMFORT FARM”: MISS STELLA GIBBONS. Miss Stella Gibbons’s novel has been most favourably reviewed. It is a well-sustained parody of the Loam-and-Love-child school of fiction. from The Sketch (London) of 21st September 1932     The expression cold comfort means inadequate consolation for a misfortune. The adjective cold has long been used to mean felt as cold […]

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to carry coals to Newcastle

  A trainload of coal on the High Level Bridge in Newcastle photograph: Stephen Craven     MEANING   to supply something to a place where it is already plentiful; hence, figuratively, to do something wholly superfluous or unnecessary   ORIGIN   This phrase (in which coals is an obsolete plural) refers to Newcastle upon […]

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