red ink


Definition of red ink

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

Examples of red ink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rising red ink has been at the center of debates in Washington over how much more government spending the U.S. economy needs. Kate Davidson, WSJ, 3 May 2021 Still, the red ink stood out on AMC's fourth-quarter earnings report. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2021 Areas outlined on maps in red ink marked off entire neighborhoods — predominantly where people of color and other minorities lived — that were deemed too high a financial risk. Kaitlyn Mcna, Allure, 24 Aug. 2021 For example, people may not know that cushion compacts used for foundation were inspired by the Korean tradition of stamping official documents with red ink and a jade stamp. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 The tide of new spending will add to already extraordinary levels of red ink. Rich Lowry, National Review, 10 Aug. 2021 Moderate Democrats have pointed to rising red ink as a reason to ensure any new economic programs are offset with tax increases. Kate Davidson, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021 Unfortunately, some congressional Republicans and Democrats who agree on little else are prepared to do exactly that—add billions in red ink rather than fully pay for their infrastructure plans. Thomas S. Kahn, WSJ, 28 July 2021 Men’s gymnastics programs are low-hanging fruit for athletic directors who lack imagination, fiscal discipline or both, and find themselves with budgets awash in red ink. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of red ink

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for red ink

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

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The first known use of red ink was in 1926

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8 Sep 2021

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English Language Learners 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


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