at the coalface

at the coalface

Actively doing a certain job. These reports are just speculation—they didn't consult anyone actually at the coalface. I earned my retirement after 30 years at the coalface.

at the coalface

mainly BRITISH
When people talk about what is happening at the coalface of a particular profession, they are talking about the thoughts and actions of the people who are actually doing the job. The problem is that middle management simply don't know what is going on at the coalface. The aim is to show politicians the impact of their policies at the coalface. Note: This expression is used to suggest that these are the people who really know about the profession. Note: In a coal mine, the coalface is the part where the coal is being cut out of the rock.

at the coalface

engaged in work at an active rather than a theoretical level in a particular field. British
1998 Town and Country Planning Workers at the coalface of sustainable development need these success stories.

at the ˈcoalface

(British English) where the real work is done, not just where people talk about it: Many of the best ideas come from doctors at the coalface.
A coalface is the place deep inside a mine where the coal is actually cut out of the rock.
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I want to talk to people at the coalface as well as leaders and of course there'll be significant input from nursing, given the importance of that sector," he said earlier this month.
The Ministers visit in February was part of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluations (DPME) Front Line Service Delivery Monitoring (FSDM) programme which is at the coalface of service delivery.
This was his toughest test so far, though, as Czech Berdych put in a solid shift at the coalface to keep Federer on his toes.
They're at the coalface of the way game is changing.
But those at the coalface of the English game have argued that emergency loans are critical to their survival - as well as offering young Premier League stars much-needed firstteam exposure.
All this was whilst they were being employed as young miners, working underground, mining coal at the coalface.
Joan Hart spent 46 years as a nurse and has now co-written her memoir, At The Coalface, with journalist and author Veronica Clark.
Peter chisels "It's a lot of work at the coalface," admits Peter with some understatement.
We all moan about the lack of funding for the NHS but if we started to curb the issuing of these prescriptions at the coalface there would be more funds available to treat patients who are in genuine need.
The staff at the coalface bear the brunt of our frustration, but credit where credit`s due.
Izindaba reports [10] from experts at the coalface on just how, where and for whom it makes the most sense, and most critically, which high-risk groups might be most adherent.
Workers at the coalface of commerce, will in some way or other have to tighten belts still further, with fewer services being provided.
GREG PATERSON has little in common with the pampered SPL players who dream about their next pay packet while he's up at dawn for work at the coalface.
earned our living at the coalface of nationhood lived in the thin space
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