black as Newgate's knocker

black as Newgate's knocker
Phrs. Very black.

English slang and colloquialisms. 2014.

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  • black as newgate's knocker — (UK) If things are as black as Newgate s knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • black as Newgate's knocker — (UK)    If things are as black as Newgate s knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Black as Newgate's knocker —   (UK)   If things are as black as Newgate s knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • as black as Newgate's knocker — Meaning Pitch black. Origin Refers to the heavy iron knocker on the gate of Newgate Prison, London. Several other similes are used to indicate blackness: As black as a crow As black as a raven s wing As black as ink As black as Hell As black as… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • Marshalsea — The prison occupied two locations, the first c. 1329–1811, and the second 1811–1842. The image above is of the first Marshalsea in the 18th century …   Wikipedia

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