red ink

noun

1
: a business loss : deficit
2
: the condition of showing a business loss

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the brief clip, Cardi holds a blue towel against her face as De Los Santos focuses on his work, noticeably using red ink. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2022 Using red ink, lenders outlined on paper maps the parts of a city that were considered at high risk of default, as well as more desirable neighborhoods for approving a loan. CBS News, 27 July 2022 Projections provided by city staff show the city facing red ink of between $3 million and $12 million annually over the next 18 years. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 June 2022 Carvana reported a $506 million loss in its first quarter ending March 31, well above red ink of $82 million during the same stretch of 2021, despite a 56% jump in revenue to $3.5 billion and a 14% increase in vehicles sold. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2022 For the first-half, the airline posted a net loss of €48 million ($56 million), forecasting red ink of around €100-€200 million for the full fiscal year due to the need to stimulate demand during off-season weeks with further price rebates. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2021 AiHuiShou, which is also the latest in a recent string of U.S. listings by money-losing Chinese businesses, had red ink of nearly $72 million in 2020, on revenue of $741 million. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 20 June 2021 The Washington Post, citing police, reports that the numbers were written on the girl's feet in red ink. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2022 The company continues to lose money and it is expected to post more red ink in its next fiscal year as well. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of red ink was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Red ink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20ink. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

red ink

noun

1
: a business loss
2
: the condition of showing a business loss
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