black ink

noun

Definition of black ink 

: a business profit or surplus While battered rivals … are only now glimpsing black ink, Cisco is racking up record profits.— Peter Burrows, Business Week, 24 Nov. 2003 : the condition of showing a profit Corporations … have realized that green behavior can mean black ink— Sharon Begley, Newsweek, 24 Apr. 2000 — compare red ink

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First Known Use of black ink

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for black ink

from the use of black ink in financial statements to indicate a profit

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