One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A coal miner.
- ‘At 18, David Purnell, like so many pitmen, had followed his father into the industry after 18 months working as a butcher.’
- ‘The sides of the pit contained open spaces where the pitman could stash small pots of oil and wedges.’
- ‘But the Wistow pitman says no amount of money can compensate for a crippling hand condition that could leave him on the unemployment scrap heap.’
- ‘Their bosses are putting on free yoga classes for all workers in a bid to make pitmen more alert and flexible.’
- ‘Thirty years ago, striking pitmen put the country on a three-day week and brought down the Heath government.’
2North American A connecting rod.
- ‘The saw frame was then lowered, and the pitman, powered by the driving pulley, moved the saw frame back and forth over the stone.’
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