- A sheaf of bills was thrust into his hand: fortnight-old bills from the rice-shop, the coal merchant, the car-hire people, the greengrocer, the tailor, and the confectioner.
- He is a coal merchant.
- There were several grocers and coal merchants whom he knew well enough, but he owed them money.
- The merchant received a large order for coal.
- We need to replenish our stocks of coal.
- She piled on more coal before the fire go out.