Meaning of “at the coalface” in the English Dictionary

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"at the coalface" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “at the coalface” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)