red inks

red ink

noun
1.
a financial deficit; business loss.
2.
the condition of showing a business loss.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To red inks
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

red ink
"financial losses," 1929, from the red ink traditionally used to indicate debits in accounts.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature