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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. 2018.
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  • It is the reason, I believe, why some people allude to coal as "black diamonds."

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • "No, it was only pleasure," said the young man, his eyes like black diamonds.

  • With that our "black diamonds" were in safety for the time being.

  • This will give you a pattern of black diamonds on a red ground.

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


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

  • But Bertie rose to his feet, and his eyes glittered in his pale face like black diamonds with a hundred facets.

    Footsteps of Fate Louis Couperus
  • Sunshine came through the roof of the shed and burned the cinders like black diamonds.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
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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