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red ink

a financial deficit; business loss.
the condition of showing a business loss.
Origin of red ink
1925-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • All that red ink could turn out to be a little-noticed boon for corporate bottom lines.
  • At this point, none of the large global car companies have been able to avoid red ink.
  • There is red ink everywhere but some have spilled much more than expected.
  • Most economists agree that the red ink is both unavoidable and appropriate.
  • It may, of course, simply be that the fetters of euro membership alarm investors more than red ink.
  • The snag is that the company is still bleeding red ink.
Word Origin and History for red ink

"financial losses," 1929, from the red ink traditionally used to indicate debits in accounts.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for red ink

red ink

noun phrase
  1. Red wine, esp of an inferior sort: A pint of red ink still sells for two bits (1919+)
  2. Financial loss or losses: a flood of red ink totaling close to $80 billion (1929+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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