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Black Hole of Calcutta, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishBlack Hole of Calcutta, thethe Black Hole of CalcuttaˌBlack ˌHole of Calˈcutta, the  a small, very crowded room or dark place is sometimes described as being ‘like the Black Hole of Calcutta’. This phrase comes from a small room used as a prison in Calcutta, India where many British prisoners died during one night in 1756.
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