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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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The Cardiff Police Black Maria that was used to tranport rock stars such as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones safely to gigs in the city in the 1960s.
The Black Maria Film and Video Festival is an international juried competition with a mission to exhibit and reward cutting-edge works from independent film and video makers," the release says.
As I was heading into the Black Maria with the handcuffs on, a woman said nastily to the police: "Haven't you got anything better to do with your time than this?
They also drove the Black Maria detention wagon and the ambulances.
When police arrested suspects in the murder of Aberdeen schoolgirl Helen Priestly in 1934, a furious mob had to be held back to allow the couple to be loaded into the back of the Black Maria.
They include plans to deposit a severed chunk of oil pipeline somewhere in Afghanistan (The Treason of Images, 2001/2002); to erect a section of highway overpass in London's Green Park (This England, 1998/2002); to half-sink an industrial chimney in a Midlands reservoir (Coming up for air, 2001); to ferry Liverpool Biennial visitors around that city inside the contemporary, privatized equivalent of a Black Maria (The End of Art Theory, 2001/2002); and to fly the flags of three nations ostracized by UK diplomacy--Taiwan, Bhutan, and, of course, Iraq--from the dignified roof of Liverpool's Cunard b uilding (The Ambassadors, 2001/2002).
Redknapp recalls coming home from school and seeing her leave in a Black Maria, from the rear window of which she shouted: "Yer dinner's in the oven Harry.
But just as he's relieving himself down a dark alley he's grabbed from behind by two plods with alsatians and thrown into the back of a black maria, where he's told he's a filthy scumbag and will be charged with indecent exposure and urinating in a public place.
To arrest someone he had to drag them to a blue pillar or rely on a member of the public to phone in that a policeman was in trouble so a Black Maria could be driven to the scene "The Tiger Bay officer was reliant even more on 'friends' to phone in and help him.
Part 2 of the Black Maria Film and Video Festival screens at 7 p.
He was eating lunch with his wife Pat in their London flat when police suddenly drew up in patrol cars and a Black Maria.