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black diamond

black diamonds, coal.
Origin of black diamond
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The walls were hung with white silk, upon which flocks of black crows were embroidered in black diamonds.

    The Emerald City of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • It is the reason, I believe, why some people allude to coal as "black diamonds."

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Looking down upon the charcoal-burners, they had gleamed like black diamonds; in talking, their soft glow waxed and waned.

    The Mystery of The Barranca Herman Whitaker
  • "No, it was only pleasure," said the young man, his eyes like black diamonds.

  • In his anxiety to avoid the coal man, Ned did not notice an open hole down which the black diamonds were being shoveled.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell had laid in fifteen tons of black diamonds.

    Shandygaff Christopher Morley
  • And from that time forth he brought up his black diamonds from the centre of the earth by machinery!

  • Of the face he saw only a narrow slit between her handkerchief and hat-brim, amid which her eyes gleamed like black diamonds.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • The haircloth furniture gave out gleams like black diamonds under the light of the lamp.

    The Copy-Cat and Other Stories Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • To the black diamonds of her coal-fields Australia will owe more of her future progress than to her auriferous products.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for black diamonds

black diamond

another name for carbonado2
(usually pl) a figurative expression for coal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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