coal digger

coal digger

[′kōl ‚dig·ər]
(mining engineering)
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He escaped in July 1945 after working as a coal digger and enduring harsh conditions, poor food and brutal treatment from his Japanese overseers.
This new breed of Haves who spend their silly lives pretending to be Have Nots call themselves COAL Diggers - Concealers of Advanced Lineage - and instead of using their God-given advantages (well at least the advantages afforded them by Mummy and Daddy) they slouch around in worn-out trainers, smoke roll-ups, sport lank unkempt hair and drink pints - and that's the girls.
But Corbin's statement was that Appalachian coal diggers were fiercely independent despite being among the staunchest UMWA members.