Definition of red ink in English:

red ink


mass nounNorth American
  • Used in reference to financial deficit or debt.

    ‘he voted for many of the projects that have left the state awash in red ink’
    • ‘Piling on more red ink to the existing federal budget deficit and the national debt will do both long and short term harm to our economy.’
    • ‘Last month, across the whole of the UK, consumers added £10 bn of red ink to their personal balance sheets.’
    • ‘It accounts for £4m of revenues as it attempts to shore up a balance sheet dripping in red ink.’
    • ‘The U.S. personal savings rate is practically nonexistent, and the government budget is awash in red ink.’
    • ‘Instead of returning to profitability, as both companies expected this year, red ink keeps flowing.’
    • ‘That might seem surprising considering the company is awash in red ink.’
    • ‘Many universities scaled back their distance education business plans to stanch the flow of red ink.’
    • ‘Sales of the popular cars have also helped stanch the flow of red ink in Europe.’
    • ‘And so, in statement after statement, the tide of red ink flows back beyond a blue horizon.’
    • ‘If the figure is correct then it is little wonder the Union's finances are dominated by red ink.’
    • ‘The number two airline has been hemorrhaging red ink, losing $4 billion the past two years.’
    • ‘A few years ago, the levels of red ink in the Social Security program and the Medicare program were about the same.’
    • ‘The industry is bleeding red ink for many of the same reasons that forced US Airways to go into bankruptcy.’
    • ‘As you can see, it's been 20 years since America ran anything but red ink in the trade department.’
    • ‘The red ink can also be read as a rough approximation of America's indebtedness to the rest of the world.’
    • ‘At best, Washington policymakers seem content to tread water in the rising tide of red ink.’
    • ‘What would the impact be of making the tax cuts permanent on the government's red ink?’
    • ‘The changes are simply a stopgap measure to prop up a program drowning in red ink.’
    • ‘When this election is over he is going to have to face up to the consequences of the big blotches of red ink in the public finances.’
    • ‘As the federal red ink runs and interest rates rise, debt is squeezing average Americans harder than ever.’