"coal" Definition

Definitions for the word "coal" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. n.
1 hard black rock, mainly carbonized plant matter, found underground and used as a fuel. 2 piece of this, esp. One that is burning. coals to newcastle something brought to a place where it is already plentiful. Haul (or call) over the coals reprimand. [old english]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. slang
money; “post the COAL,” put down the money. The phrase was used by Mr. Buckstone at the Theatrical Fund Dinner of 1863. From this is derived the theatrical term COALING, profitable, very good, which an actor will use if his part is full of good and telling speeches—thus, “my part is full of COALING lines.” This term was used in the sporting world long anterior to Mr. Buckstone’s speech. _See_ COAL.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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