from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mining, the burrow or refuse-heap at the mouth of a shaft or adit-level: a term little used except in parts of England, and there chiefly in coal-mining.


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  • His feet took him by an unfrequented way, and in the course of an hour's devious ramble he found himself on the canal spoil-bank.

    Despair's Last Journey

  • Leaving the bed of the canal in which I was walking and making a slight detour, I came suddenly over the spoil-bank of the canal on to the place where the bird had been calling.

    The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1


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