One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compartment or small cellar used for storing coal.
- ‘Dolly advises him to either spank her or put her alone in the coal-hole if she is naughty.’
- ‘In John's day, there were cellars, coal-holes, a midden and such external toilet arrangements as might be imagined in the yard behind the house.’
- ‘It pays to ask around locally before buying - sets have been unearthed in Church cellars, museums, under beds and even in coal-holes!’
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