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 Black.Black as a Newgate Knocker. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Black as a Crow (or as a raven);
 
“as a raven’s wing;” as ink; as hell, i.e. hades (2 syl.), meaning death or the grave; as your hat, etc. (See SIMILES.)   1
 


 Black.Black as a Newgate Knocker. 

 
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