Gathering coal

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gathering coal a lighted coal left smothered in embers over night, about which kindling wood is gathered in the morning.
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Usage

In literature:

They gathered dry brush and wood, built a fire and placed chunks of fresh meat upon the burning coals.
"The Underdogs" by Mariano Azuela
The cottontails did the rest all right, and the trust gathered in Chattanooga Coal and Iron.
"Burning Daylight" by Jack London
When the women had gone, Gooloo gathered the children round her and fed them with durrie, hot from the coals.
"Australian Legendary Tales" by K. Langloh Parker
And here the tears gathered and blurred the flaming coals.
"The Reason Why" by Elinor Glyn
She gathered fire-lighters from the kitchen, a half-scuttle of coals, and a faggot of brushwood.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
She gathered up the fragments of glass and silver and threw them into the fire, heaping coals over them.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
As the negro gathered himself up and passed down the stairs, he saw Meshach Milburn before the fire, stirring the coals.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
He must be gathering coal together to help the fire; but I've been down both these rifts, and he is not there.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn
Janet began to gather the wood and coal together in her stiff fingers; but something stayed her.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
The dry wood burned rapidly and a great mass of coals soon gathered.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
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In poetry:

And still, with gathering mildew, grew
Yet duller every thread,
And mingled some of coal-black hue,
And some of bloody red.
"The Weaver" by Emily Chubbuck Judson
Saddle my coal-black steed, my men,
Fittest for sunless work;
Old Night is steaming from her den,
And her children gather and lurk;
Bad things are creeping from the fen,
And sliding down the murk.
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald

In news:

Coal Mine Opponents, Supporters Gather In Sutton For Last Public Comment Hearing.
Dozens of concerned citizens gathered to voice their opposition to coal ash , which they said is polluting the air they breathe.
45 am Sept 18, a crowd had gathered under the white tent between the Joe Craft Center and the new Wildcat Coal Lodge at the University of Kentucky.
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