Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trap in the sidewalk for the reception of coal to be stored in a cellar beneath.
  • n. A coal-cellar.
  • n. Nautical, that part of a ship's hold lying near to the after-magazine containing coal, wood, etc.

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Examples

  • Over 135 years after Andrew Carnegie helped make Pittsburgh one of the world's leading steel suppliers, the Iron City is still working to shed its antiquated coal-hole stereotype.

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  • They decided to throw the lucky monkeys down a coal-hole, and all went well again.

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  • As one has said of her, “If she had found herself in a coal-hole, she would immediately have set to work to arrange the coals to the best possible advantage.”

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  • “Will you like to look in the bedrooms, Mr. Bows, and see if my victims are there?” he said bitterly; “or whether I have made away with the little girls, and hid them in the coal-hole?”

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  • Once a fortnight the coal cart drives up to the door and men in leather jerkins carry the coal indoors in stout sacks smelling of tar and shoot it clanking into the coal-hole under the stairs.

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  • Rooms 15 ft by 15 ft. Sink and copper in living-room, coal-hole under stairs.

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  • Living-room 12 ft by 10 ft. Sink and copper in living-room, coal-hole under stairs.

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  • In yonder coal-hole, not used for many a year, repose the few greasy and blackened fragments of the elder Drama which were not totally destroyed.

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  • No other method was therefore left, than to cut a hole through the bulk-head, that separated the coal-hole from the fore-hold.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • The water, which had lodged in the coal-hole, not finding a sufficient vent into the well, had forced up the platforms over it, and in a moment deluged the whole space between decks.

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