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carry/take coals to Newcastle

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to supply something to a place or person that already has a lot of that particular thing: Exporting pine to Scandinavia seems like carrying coals to Newcastle.
Translations of “carry/take coals to Newcastle”
in Chinese (Traditional) 多此一舉, 徒勞無功…
in Chinese (Simplified) 多此一举, 徒劳无功…
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