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 Coals of Fire.Coalition Government. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Coaling,
 
in theatrical slang, means telling phrases and speeches, as, “My part is full of ‘coaling lines.’” Coal being money, means profit, whence coaling. (See p. 265, TO POST THE COAL …)   1
 


 Coals of Fire.Coalition Government. 

 

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