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red ink

noun
1.
a financial deficit; business loss.
2.
the condition of showing a business loss.
Origin of red ink
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism
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n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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