red ink


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red ink

n.
1. A financial loss in business.
2. The condition of showing a fiscal deficit: a firm drowning in red ink.

[From the use of red ink to record debits and losses in financial records.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.red ink - the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue; "the company operated at a loss last year"; "the company operated in the red last year"
paper loss - an unrealized loss on an investment calculated by subtracting the current market price from the investor's cost
squeeze - a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer; "increased expenses put a squeeze on profits"
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money - a quantity of money; "he borrowed a large sum"; "the amount he had in cash was insufficient"
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Poligny was written in black ink and exactly similar to that in our possession, except that, at the end, it contained a paragraph in red ink and in a queer, labored handwriting, as though it had been produced by dipping the heads of matches into the ink, the writing of a child that has never got beyond the down-strokes and has not learned to join its letters.
The red ink on it actually was not dry, and the message ran, "If you have been to see her today, I shall kill you.
There were several additions of a later date, but above all, three crosses of red ink--two on the north part of the island, one in the southwest--and beside this last, in the same red ink, and in a small, neat hand, very different from the captain's tottery characters, these words: "Bulk of treasure here.
Tell the man the formula for powder is in grey envelope in first drawer to the left of Secretary's desk, War Office, in red ink.
At one point is a small cross done in red ink, and above it is '3.
Against this there were double lines drawn in red ink, and the following note was appended to them--
Well, I just took his letter and wrote in all the words, spelled right, above the wrong ones, in red ink, just as Mr.
This paper the boy proceeded to unfold, taking care not to spill the pills, and found several lines clearly written in red ink.
I took up the envelope and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the gum, the letter K three times repeated.
The rules which should govern the behavior of an unmarried woman are written in red ink, graved upon marble, if, by some freak of nature, it should fall out that the unmarried woman has not the same writing scored upon her heart.
The foreign visitors, too, are politicians; they take a wider theme--European progress--the spread of liberal sentiments over the Continent; on their mental tablets, the names of Russia, Austria, and the Pope, are inscribed in red ink.
He gave the two newspapers to the graceful woman, having drawn a line in red ink round each of the famous articles.