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coal car

a railroad car designed to carry coal.
a car for hauling coal in or from a mine.
Origin of coal car
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To ride a coal car to safety, without a single man pursuing him—to where?

    Consignment Alan E. Nourse
  • All we've got to do is to dig trenches on each side of our coal car tracks and let the water run out by force of gravitation.

    Camp Venture

    George Cary Eggleston
  • I eat my dinner with peculiar relish after our morning struggle with the coal car.

    Within Prison Walls Thomas Mott Osborne
  • I and my wife climbed into a coal car with one of the children, to get out of the water.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • I ran, caught the rod on the side of the mail coach, and swung myself into a seat on the platform, right behind the coal car.


    Robert R. (Robert Rice) Reynolds
  • The train moved slowly at first, and Jimmy knew that he could not hide from the train men in a coal car.

    The Court of Boyville

    William Allen White
  • Seeing the men collected in such numbers around a coal car, they approached, and heard the last half of this inflammatory speech.

    The Fat of the Land John Williams Streeter
  • So when it wanted to puff smoke and go fast it told its engineer and he put some coal in the coal car.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell

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