Definition of small coal man in English:

small coal man

Pronunciation /ˌsmɔːl ˈkəʊl man/

noun

  • Originally: a man who supplies small coal. In later use: a retailer of coal on a small scale, a small coal merchant.

    When used with historical reference to small coal men before the mid 19th century the term is apparently frequently understood in its later sense.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Adamson (bap. 1581, d. 1637), poet and historian. From small coal + man.