red ink

noun

Definition of red ink 

1 : a business loss : deficit

2 : the condition of showing a business loss

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But take them all together, and the ledger of economic gain from employment versus economic loss from death and injury plainly is written in blood-red ink. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The gun industry claims to be a big job creator. Here's why you shouldn't believe it," 21 May 2018 But as the company slowly descends deeper and deeper into red ink, the value of the company's brand is also suffering. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Sears brand name deteriorates in value as sales suffer," 16 Feb. 2018 Not only have total originations of new loans declined as the refinance market shrinks because of rising interest rates, but many lenders could be staring at red ink and staff layoffs, as well. Kenneth R. Harney, courant.com, "As Lender Competition Grows, Homebuyers Can Reap Bargains," 7 June 2018 Some debt-free Some municipalities on the list — five to be exact — have no red ink. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seeing red: Which Milwaukee suburbs are closest to their debt limits?," 11 July 2018 Not only have total originations of new loans declined as the refinance market shrinks because of rising interest rates, but many lenders could be staring at red ink and staff layoffs, as well. Kenneth R. Harney, courant.com, "As Lender Competition Grows, Homebuyers Can Reap Bargains," 7 June 2018 Not only have total originations of new loans declined as the refinance market shrinks because of rising interest rates, but many lenders could be staring at red ink and staff layoffs, as well. Kenneth R. Harney, miamiherald, "Homebuyers can reap bargains thanks to growing lender competition," 4 June 2018 Our advice for writing with a partner is the same as for staying in love: figure out the big stuff early on, and avoid, whenever possible, passive-aggressive red ink. Kathleen McFall and Clark Hays Portland, Ore. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 24 June 2018 The hospital's red ink is rising along with its caseload. Chris Kraul, latimes.com, "Hungry, sick and increasingly desperate, thousands of Venezuelans are pouring into Colombia," 13 May 2018

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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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red ink

noun

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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