Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A financial loss in business.
  • noun The condition of showing a fiscal deficit.

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  • noun idiomatic, business, management, accounting A euphemism for financial loss.

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  • noun the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the use of red ink to record debits and losses in financial records.]

Examples

  • Sinovel is no longer a customer of American Superconductor, which blamed the loss of the Chinese firm's business for the red ink it reported for its fiscal first quarter, which ended June 30.

    Chinese Turbine Firm Tied to Software Theft

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