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 So far, those initiatives are proving to not be enough to keep the agency from drowning in red ink. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Postal Service chief asks Congress for rescue amid election controversy," 21 Aug. 2020 But the economy has not drowned in the flood of red ink — and there is a growing sense that the country could take on even more without any serious consequences. Matt Phillips, Star Tribune, "U.S. crosses debt line deficit hawks had warned about for decades — and economy is still standing," 21 Aug. 2020 Maersk is the latest in a string of carriers to report strong earnings in the June quarter, defying earlier projections that ocean carriers would pile up red ink in the face of falling shipping demand in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns. Costas Paris And Dominic Chopping, WSJ, "Maersk Quarterly Profit Triples on Rising Freight Rates, Falling Costs," 19 Aug. 2020 The Big Gig is dealing with red ink as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest totes up financial losses after pandemic canceled 2020 events," 19 Aug. 2020 Carvana isn't yet profitable — its loss for the first half of 2020 more than doubled to $101 million — but investors are looking past the red ink and focusing instead on rising vehicle sales and market expansion. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "From Carvana to copper, these Arizona companies are flourishing despite the pandemic," 18 Aug. 2020 There is more to the tiny biotech company than red ink and long-shot projects. Washington Post, "As stocks’ prices touch record high, economy trails behind," 18 Aug. 2020 States and cities staring down red ink with the shattered economy have few options. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight," 12 Aug. 2020 Many states already are staring at ledgers of red ink. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Sides remain at impasse on relief package," 11 Aug. 2020

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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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26 Aug 2020

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“Red ink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of red ink

chiefly US 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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