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red ink


Simple Definition of red ink

  • —used to describe a situation in which a business, organization, etc., is spending more money than it is earning and has a lot of debt

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of red ink

  1. 1 :  a business loss :  deficit

  2. 2 :  the condition of showing a business loss

Origin and Etymology of red ink

from the use of red ink in financial statements to indicate a loss

First Known Use: 1926

Rhymes with red ink

bethink, chewink, cross-link, cuff link, downlink, dry sink, eyewink, groupthink, heat sink, hoodwink, hot link, iceblink, lip-synch, misthink, mixed drink, moss pink, preshrink, rat fink, rethink, rose pink, sea pink, shell pink, soft drink, strong drink, unkink, uplink, wild pink

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to conspire or plot

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