Black Hole of Calcutta


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Black Hole of Calcutta

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1. (Historical Terms) a small dungeon in which in 1756 the Nawab of Bengal reputedly confined 146 English prisoners, of whom only 23 survived
2. informal chiefly Brit any uncomfortable or overcrowded place
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Noun1.Black Hole of Calcutta - a dungeon (20 feet square) in a fort in Calcutta where as many as 146 English prisoners were held overnight by Siraj-ud-daulaBlack Hole of Calcutta - a dungeon (20 feet square) in a fort in Calcutta where as many as 146 English prisoners were held overnight by Siraj-ud-daula; the next morning only 23 were still alive
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It was the Black Hole of Calcutta on a small scale.
The Black Hole of Calcutta must have been a fool to it; indeed, to this moment I do not know how we lived through the day.
After paying, we walked into what I can only describe as a dark grotto similar to the black hole of Calcutta.
In my defence, many times I've spent my weekends in health and safety-busting music venues that made the Black Hole of Calcutta look like the Albert Hall.
Siblings John, Patrick, and Gideon all went to India, where Patrick died in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
The Black Hole of Calcutta may have been "one of the great British icons of the historical mythology of the Raj" (p.
Come the day, the two grey-haired ladies from 1970s Racecourse Catering Central Casting, named Ivy, Daphne or Queenie, were surprised to find they had no lunch to serve and that their normally civilised box was staging a remake of the Black Hole of Calcutta.
Tom wasn't toohappyabout having to take the back seat, but he decided to tag along rather than spend a night alone at our digs, which we'd christened The Black Hole Of Calcutta.
1756: During the Anglo-French struggle for India, 145 British men and one woman were captured and put in a cell less than 18ft square, known as the Black Hole of Calcutta.
Between this Black Hole of Calcutta and Battalion HQ, Death and Hell to go through.
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It is not just Terminal 5 doing its passable impersonation of the Black Hole of Calcutta.