Definition of “red ink” - English Dictionary

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“red ink” in Business English

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red inknoun [ U ]

uk us informal

a situation in which a company is losing a lot of money:

The line between profitability and red ink in a bookstore is so thin that even the little decisions are important.
bleed/leak/spill red ink The parent company has been falling apart for several months, bleeding red ink, and losing clients.
the flow/tide/sea of red ink The boom a decade ago has now given way to a sea of red ink.

(Definition of “red ink” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)