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(as) black as Newgate's knocker

dated Completely black; totally without light or color. Refers to the black iron knocker on the door of Newgate Prison in London. Primarily heard in UK. The basement gives me the creeps, it's as black as Newgate's knocker down there!
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The name Newgate Street came into use in the 18th century, commemorating the strongest of the Town Wall gates, and the infamous jail which stood there for nearly 400 years.
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