red ink
noun Etymology: from the use of red ink in financial statements to indicate a loss Date: 1926 1. a business loss ; deficit 2. the condition of showing a business loss

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  • red ink — noun A euphemism for financial loss. Ant: black ink …   Wiktionary

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