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coalface

noun [C]     /ˈkəʊlfeɪs/
PRODUCTION the surface in a mine from which coal is cut
at the coalface UK informal WORKPLACE doing the work involved in a job, in real working conditions, rather than planning or talking about it: Those at the coalface of the business may occasionally lose patience with management theories and abstractions.
(Definition of coalface noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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