red ink

noun
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of red ink

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

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Origin and Etymology of red ink

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


RED INK Defined for English Language Learners

red ink

noun

Definition of red ink for English Language Learners

  • —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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