red ink

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

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism

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red ink
"financial losses," 1929, from the red ink traditionally used to indicate debits in accounts.
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Example sentences
When growth results in more economic activity, governments' revenue receipts
  increase and red ink is reduced.
Now its builders are trying to keep it from crashing in a sea of red ink.
It produced nothing but constant trouble and occasional red ink.
The moribund combination leads to gushing red ink for the airlines.
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