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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A vertical or sloping passageway made in the earth for finding or mining ore and ventilating underground excavations.
- n. excavation consisting of a vertical or sloping passageway for finding or mining ore or for ventilating a mine
“The canary in the mineshaft is the music industry.”
“As a person who is by nature very direct and to the point, dating is a mystery trapped in a puzzle, tucked in a fireproof safe thrown down a mineshaft.”
“Precisely, why Greece is the canary in the mineshaft for Euro economies.”
“Reuters Workers prepare the site of the second mineshaft to be sunk at Oyu Tolgoi in the South Gobi desert in Mongolia in this November 2007 photo.”
“Eight other miners were killed when a "rock burst" ripped through a mineshaft in the city of Samenxia in Henan province, central China.”
“On Saturday state broadcaster CCTV showed rescuers with helmets and oxygen tanks carrying the workers out of the mineshaft to ambulances.”
“In the crudest version of the story, the ñaqak lies in wait on country roads to kill unwary travellers, hastens them back to a cave or mineshaft, and hangs them on hooks upside-down, catching their fat in receptacles.”
“It's not that there aren't other great types of fiction -- I love Jorge Luis Borges and Philip K Dick, and it's impossible to imagine either of them going down a mineshaft with a notebook.”
“My friend Amy Wilson used to tell a story when fundraising for her film about climate change used to tell the story of the youth whose bus was kidnapped and driven into a mineshaft.”
“His cloak is the color of a mineshaft at midnight, untouched by the wind whipping through the stony corridors.”
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