from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, a man who has charge of a cable-train for bringing coal from a mine: so called because he frequently rides on the ring connecting the cable to the train.


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  • "Much blow-up!" said the rope-rider; and when the last empty cars had been shunted off into the working-rooms, and he was waiting to make up a return "trip," he laboured with gestures to explain what he meant.

    King Coal : a Novel

  • He was one of those who had charge of the long trains of cars, called "trips," which were hauled through the main passage-ways; the name "rope-rider" came from the fact that he sat on the heavy iron ring to which the rope was attached.

    King Coal : a Novel

  • "rope-rider," and got through his physical senses a realisation of the vastness and strangeness and loneliness of this labyrinth of night.

    King Coal : a Novel


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