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the Black Hole of Calcutta

noun [S] uk   /ˌblækˌhəʊl.əv.kælˈkʌ.tə/ us    /-t̬ə/ humorous
an unpleasantly full and hot room: One guest at the crowded reception was heard to mutter "It's like the Black Hole of Calcutta in here."
Translations of “the Black Hole of Calcutta”
in Chinese (Traditional) 加爾各答黑牢, 擁擠悶熱的房間…
in Chinese (Simplified) 加尔各答黑牢, 拥挤闷热的房间…
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