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Sylvam Lignum Ferre

(In). To carry coals to Newcastle. The French say, “ Porter de l'eau à la rivière. ” To do a work of supererogation; to paint the lily, or add another perfume to the violet, or perform any other superfluous or ridiculous excess.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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