- a pit where coal is dug.
- a place where charcoal is made.
Origin of coal pit
before 1050; Middle English colpytte, Old English collpytt
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Examples from the Web for coal pit
Our lawyer was curious to see a coal-pit, and was let down by a rope.
It happened to be so dark that we might as well have been groping about in a coal-pit.Six Months at the Cape
It is not a pleasant sensation, that of a descent into a coal-pit.Son Philip
George Manville Fenn
You offered me a coal-pit, but the waterfall you forgot to mention.The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6
Augustus J. C. Hare
You are up to some game as deep as a coal-pit; and I go on working and working all in the dark.It Is Never Too Late to Mend