One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The brow or edge of a pit; especially the area on the surface of a mine where the coal is sorted and screened.
Usually in form pitbrow. Designating a worker, usually female, employed to sort and screen coal at the pit brow.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From pit + brow.
pit brow/ˈpɪt braʊ/
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