at the coalface

idiom

British
: at the place where the actual work of an activity is done
teachers working at the coalface in inner-city schools

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Recent Examples on the Web Individuals in the sector have repeatedly raised concerns down the years that this kind of perfect storm can lead to corner cutting, which has adverse impacts on the mental health of those at the coalface. Max Goldbart, Deadline, 14 June 2024 Other governments have been at the coalface longer. Andrew Bruce, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022

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“At the coalface.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20the%20coalface. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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