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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Black Hole of Calcutta.
 
A dark cell in a prison into which Suraja Dowlah thrust 146 British prisoners. Next morning only twenty-three were found alive (1756).   1
   The punishment cell or lock-up in barracks.   2
 


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