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  • n. One who feeds coal into a furnace.


coal +‎ heaver (Wiktionary)


  • I saw a chimpanzee who was alarmed at the sight of a black coalheaver, and the hair rose all over his body . . .


  • The two friends told each other their plans for the future, drew together in the evenings, and made their first life-studies from a friendly coalheaver whom they persuaded to sit to them.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • _ -- During the late panic, a coalheaver went into a tobacconist's shop to purchase a halfpenny worth of pig-tail, when a gentleman asked him if he was in any alarm about the cholera?

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 553, June 23, 1832

  • 'Mother, you talk as if he were a coalheaver,' cried her daughter indignantly.

    Sarah's School Friend

  • '' E wasn't a coalheaver; but 'e was a mill-'and, an' I was a milliner's girl in a little shop in London w'en I married 'im, an' I 'adn't a farthing.

    Sarah's School Friend

  • Breeches, rejected by common consent of young and old alike, cling to the legs of the coalheaver with an abiding fondness, as to the last place of refuge; and, on gala-days, a dandy might die of envy to mark the splendour of those nether integuments -- which he has not soul enough to dare to wear -- of brilliant eye-arresting blue, or glowing scarlet plush, glittering in the sun's rays, giving and taking glory!

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 280, October 27, 1827

  • But the coalheaver always sticks close to the attire of his station; he alone wears the consistent and befitting garb of his forefathers; he alone has not discarded "the napless vesture of humility," to follow the always expensive, and often absurd fashions of his superiors.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 280, October 27, 1827

  • I had always thought of Poles as husky coalheaver people-and now here I find them dainty, cultured and refined.

    The Music of the People

  • Do you not hesitate sometimes and doubt that all men are worthy of the better things of life, the coalheaver as well as the banker and artist?

    An Anarchist Woman

  • Apparently, by unanimous consent, the coalheaver, from some obscure province of France, had been tacitly acknowledged the leader of the band.

    I Will Repay


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