coal face


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coal face

A popular UK term that is the metaphorical equivalent of the “trenches” or “front line”.

Example
“Doctors who work in non-clinical roles often forget the challenges of the coal face”.
References in periodicals archive ?
After stopping off at Choppington "A" Pit, the film heads for Shilbottle Colliery and Eccles Colliery in North Tyneside, with underground scenes of miners at work, undercutting the coal face.
COAL FACE A North East miner working in the kind of shallow seam which was found in the Havannah and Prestwick pits.
When we made a brief stop halfway from the pit bottom on our two-and-a-half-mile trudge from the coal face, the canny miners said: "Don't cry - campaign for state control of the commanding heights of the economy
In 2001, after 30 years working in jobs at the coal face and roofbolting, he had category 0/1 small opacities.
Apart from providing a wealth of information and analysis of what is happening at the coal face, this report will allow you to easily identify which market and product strategies are aligned with the future direction of the market, and which are not.
David Powell, 50, Philip Hill, 44, and Charles Breslin, 62, were close to the coal face being blasted and all died.
An inquest in Huddersfield heard that the 84-year-old had worked down the mines on the coal face and was also in charge of miners.
I remember as a child on a day in June, just before the Miners' Fortnight holidays, watching the pit ponies being brought to the surface from the coal face in the cage normally used to transport pitmen.
Work from 1986 onwards as a coal face worker at a non-mechanised coal face, and for certain other categories, can be included.
WALES lock Ian Gough is ready for a tough shift at the coal face against a revitalised Australian pack on Saturday.
In my letter about my time as a teenager working at the coal face in Abertridwr in the early 1940s (Viewpoints, March 20) I mentioned carrying a drinking jack like the boy pictured in the 1927 Echo flashback.