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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- Contributed By: Tina
Idioms similar to 'Heap coals on someone's head'
- Rake over old coals
- Rake someone over the coals
- Haul someone over the coals
- Come to a head
- Head south
- Hit the nail on the head
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