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coal car

  1. a railroad car designed to carry coal.
  2. a car for hauling coal in or from a mine.
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Origin of coal car

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • In reality it was a coal-car, bearing in one end a crouching figure and a crutch.

    Derrick Sterling

    Kirk Monroe

  • He walked to the suburbs, and at nightfall he scrambled up the side of a coal-car in a train slowly moving westward.

    Tales From Bohemia

    Robert Neilson Stephens