Idiom: 'Heap coals on someone's head'

What does 'Heap coals on someone's head' mean?


To do something nice or kind to someone who has been nasty to you. If someone felt bad because they forgot to get you a Christmas gift, for you to buy them a specially nice gift is heaping coals on their head. ('Heap coals of fire' is also used.)

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