from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mine or pit from which coal is obtained.


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  • Not only is the very word "poor" despised, but the broader political order ignores the desperate, ominous message these coal-mine canaries are sending us.

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  • I have residual doubts about the validity of a movement exemplified by Jim Crow, Nazis, and coal-mine operators.

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  • A coal-mine explosion in Colombia killed 21 workers.

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  • And how many coal-mine collapses have we watched on TV?

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  • Indika last month said it plans to sell up to a 30% stake in PT Petrosea, its coal-mine construction and logistics arm.

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  • The Vanity Fair story, which is told in a day-of-the-president's-life narrative, recounts the vast number of decisions and crises Obama and his staff face on one otherwise unremarkable day: a West Virginia coal-mine tragedy, a vacancy on the Supreme Court, a new immigration law in Arizona, a shortage of disaster-relief funds, the latest plans for trying an alleged terrorist and a series of federal judicial nominations.

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  • The chance for life is greater in an active campaign than in a factory or a coal-mine.


  • Mr. Mitnick, now a security consultant, will be remembered as a coal-mine canary.

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  • Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images In his time at the environment ministry, Mr. Ramesh also turned down a total of eight central Indian coal-mine projects over concern about old-growth forests.

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  • A 13-month independent investigation into the coal-mine explosion that killed 29 Massey Energy Co. workers last year concluded the accident could have been prevented and was primarily the result of the failure of the company's safety systems, as well as inadequate oversight by federal and state regulators.

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