coalface


coalface
coalface coal‧face [ˈkəʊlfeɪs ǁ ˈkoʊl-] noun [countable usually singular]
1. the part of a coal mine where coal is cut from the earth
2. at the coalface doing work and gaining experience yourself, rather than studying or reading:

• his experiences in dealing with boards and managers at the coalface in retail banking

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coalface UK US /ˈkəʊlfeɪs/ noun [C]
PRODUCTION the surface in a mine from which coal is cut
at the coalface — Cf. at the coalface

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • coalface — ► NOUN ▪ an exposed surface of coal in a mine. ● at the coalface Cf. ↑at the coalface …   English terms dictionary

  • coalface — UK [ˈkəʊlˌfeɪs] / US [ˈkoʊlˌfeɪs] noun [countable] Word forms coalface : singular coalface plural coalfaces the part of a coal mine where coal is being dug under the ground • at the coalface …   English dictionary

  • coalface — coal|face [ˈkəulfeıs US ˈkoul ] n BrE 1.) the part of a coal mine where the coal is cut from the ground 2.) at the coalface where the real work is done, not just talked about ▪ Academics will be working at the coalface alongside the doctors …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • coalface — noun 1 (C) the part of a coal mine where the coal is cut from the earth 2 at the coalface BrE actually doing a particular kind of work rather than planning or managing it: These new methods will help teachers working at the coalface …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • coalface — [[t]ko͟ʊlfeɪs[/t]] coalfaces N COUNT In a coal mine, the coalface is the part where the coal is being cut out of the rock …   English dictionary

  • coalface — noun an exposed surface of coal in a mine. Phrases at the coalface engaged in work at an active rather than theoretical level …   English new terms dictionary

  • coalface — /ˈkoʊlfeɪs/ (say kohlfays) noun 1. the part of the coal seam from which coal is cut. 2. the place where ideas and theories have to be put into practice. –adjective 3. real life, as opposed to theoretical. –phrase 4. at the coalface, at the place… …   Australian English dictionary

  • coalface — noun The part of a coal seam that is currently being mined …   Wiktionary

  • coalface — n. surface of coal that is exposed in a mine from which coal is being cut …   English contemporary dictionary

  • coalface — n. an exposed surface of coal in a mine …   Useful english dictionary


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