coal-whipper

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coal-whipper ‎(plural coal-whippers)

  1. (Britain, dated) One who raises coal out of the hold of a ship.
    • Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
      [W]e were in among the tiers of shipping [] [H]ere, were colliers by the score and score, with the coal-whippers plunging off stages on deck, as counterweights to measures of coal swinging up, which were then rattled over the side into barges []