coalface

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noun coal·face \ ˈkōl-ˌfās \

Definition of coalface

plural coalfaces
British
:the place inside a mine where the coal is cut out of the rock
  • The war started, and he spent six years building bridges in North Africa, which he said was easier than working on the coalface in Wales.
  • —Denny TaylorBeginning to Read and the Spin Doctors of Science1998
at the coalface British
:at the place where the actual work of an activity is done
  • Offering differentiation will be particularly important in sectors at the coalface of the UK's economic downturn.
  • Marketing Week5 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of coalface

1771


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