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Black Hole of Calcutta

noun

  1. a small dungeon in which in 1756 the Nawab of Bengal reputedly confined 146 English prisoners, of whom only 23 survived
  2. informal.
    any uncomfortable or overcrowded place


Black Hole of Calcutta

  1. A cell in the jail of a British fort in Calcutta , India . In the middle of the eighteenth century, British and Indian troops clashed at the fort. The Indian troops drove a reported 146 defenders of the fort into the cell, which measured about fifteen by eighteen feet. Many had suffocated by the next morning.


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