Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A trough or spout down which coal slides from a bin or pocket to a locomotive tender, or to vessels, carts, or cars.
“Most of the burgled houses had their doors fitted with strong, sophisticated thief-proof locks, but the coal-chute doors were secured by very simple locks — after all, who would want to steal a few pieces of coal?”
“Through the coal-chute," said the first constable and limped around the front to show them.”
“But with the coal-chute door forced open, all the intruder had to do was slither down into the coal cellar and out through the inner door, straight into the house.”
“I think you will like the room-it faces on the coal-chute, and has hot and cold folding-doors, and running water when the roof leaks!”
“Then Mr. Duncan talked about gardening, and from that to Dave's skill in backing his team to the coal-chute, and from that to coal itself.”
“Mr. Duncan, tall, quiet, and forty-five, was at work in his garden as Dave turned the team in the lane and backed them up the long, narrow drive connecting with the family coal-chute.”
“He drew behind the gun a sort of trestle, with little cars, not unlike the Scenic Railway, on which ammunition was delivered into the breech by something strongly resembling a coal-chute.”
“And our little procession of three carriages with white-favour-adorned horses and drivers, went through all the huge, noisy, indifferent traffic like a lost china image in the coal-chute of an ironclad.”
“The mate, looking down the bridge, which slanted more than a coal-chute, whistled softly to himself.”
“Why, it can't be more than mid-afternoon, yet it's as dark as a stack of black cats in a coal-chute. ”
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