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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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A blackly funny look at a nervous breakdown fuelled by drink and drugs.
Intense, blackly funny, erotic, disturbing, frightening and frankly out there, you really are going to have to pay attention to this one.
This lavish murkiness was an acquired taste, but von Trier's borderline-pretentious imagery was juiced with a complex tonal weirdness, at once operatic, selfabsorbed, spiritual, and blackly ironic.
Well, I chose them because they're both plays about lust, the madness of lust, one comic and one blackly serious,'' he says.
They are surprising fictions, blackly comic cultivated philosophical investigations into where the dreary ends and invention's geography takes over, how sanity always waits, ready to become something else, how every moment--if one just looks hard enough and from the right perspective--holds within itself a blink of bewitchment.
The blackly comic novel is reminiscent of the film Shallow Grave as the dim-sounding but sharp-witted Odell finds himself at the centre of a murder investigation.
Tantalisingly described as "The Office meets Deliverance', which turns out to be wishful thinking, Severance is a blackly humorous romp drenched in entrails and blood, set during a corporate team-building weekend from hell.
It is a tale by turns blackly comic and touchingly human.
The real star of the show is Harriet Thorpe as the blackly comic and ruthless Mrs Lovett, Sweeney's accomplice in crime.
Six Feet Under (C4 10pm)THE first series of this blackly comic drama comes to an end tonight and it's time for big revelations.
The play follows Macbeth's journey from a successful soldier through to a tormented, guilt-haunted killer: its dark intensity set against the mystical and blackly comic, make it both visually and textually appealing.
Its frustratingly ambiguous characters, entertaining plot and blackly humorous tone make The Other Typist a perfect pageturner for a dreary January night.