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Black

Informal; describing a financial statement that ends with a positive assessment. For example, if a company produces a profit for a given period of time, it is said to be "in the black." The term comes from the color of ink used for such statements. See also: Red.

black

Of or relating to the profitability of a firm or the operations of a firm. The term derives from the color of ink used to enter a profit figure on a financial statement. Compare red.
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In a very few moments it was necessary for Elaine to scramble to her feet, pick up her cloth of gold coverlet and pall of blackest samite and gaze blankly at a big crack in the bottom of her barge through which the water was literally pouring.
I am sure I would sooner die than be guilty of any disrespect towards you; but how can I venture to speak, when every word must either offend my dear papa, or convict me of the blackest ingratitude as well as impiety to the memory of the best of mothers; for such, I am certain, my mamma was always to me?
He is also a Caribbean negro, full-blooded, and the blackest in the United State;.
That," he said impressively, "is the blackest black you or any mortal man ever looked upon.
WHO would have thought the second series of Fargo (Channel 4, Monday) - the blackest of black comedy dramas - could be as gripping as the first?
The new NVM Digital Night Vision Monocular from Stealth Cam gives you a range of more than 400 feet during the blackest nights.
In a statement issued from London Secretariat, MQM Chief said that the 16th December 2014 was the blackest day in the history of the country.
Only the blackest of black lashes will do for this sultry look.
Today, the 58-year-old - now Pat Bentley - breaks her silence over best friend Jane and Birmingham's blackest night.
Winter's darkest blackest day,, Youthful sun drives far away.
This is the blackest day for democracy and it is unfortunate we hold people mandate on one side but when we talk no one listens to us and people like Chaudhry Shujaat are listened to who holds only one and a half seat in parliament, he underlined.