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