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English definition of “at the coalface”

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at the coalface

UK
doing the work involved in a job, in real working conditions, rather than planning or talking about it: At the coalface with a deadline looming, you sometimes feel under a lot of pressure.
Translations of “at the coalface”
in Chinese (Traditional) 在實際工作崗位, 在工作現場, 在工作第一線…
in Chinese (Simplified) 在实际工作岗位, 在工作现场, 在工作第一线…
(Definition of at the coalface from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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