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

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

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  • n. A euphemism for financial loss.

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  • n. 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.

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