red ink


noun

a financial deficit; business loss.
the condition of showing a business loss.

Nearby words

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  2. red in the face, be,
  3. red indian,
  4. red induration,
  5. red infarct,
  6. red jacket,
  7. red jungle fowl,
  8. red kangaroo,
  9. red kowhai,
  10. red label

Origin of red ink

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

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Word Origin and History for red ink

red ink

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper