Definition of surfaceman in English:



  • A miner who works above ground.

    • ‘He was a surfaceman in the mine and got arsenical poisoning while clearing out the flues after the firing.’
    • ‘The interests of the surfacemen seem to lie on the side of throwing in their lot with the underground workers.’
    • ‘This picture, stripped of its moral overtones and exaggeration, is an essentially accurate portrayal of the modally different work motivations of miners and surfacemen.’
    • ‘He worked as a surfaceman at a colliery near Barnsley and supplemented his income by writing verse.’
    • ‘Money meant something different to miners than it did to surfacemen.’
    pitman, digger, collier, haulier
    View synonyms