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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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"It was December 1965 and John Lennon got in the back of the Black Maria and said 'where are the kilts?'.
We played games and had fun, going from one to the other, Except at week ends when the men played pitch and toss We could not go near or they would be cross, For fear of a police raid, that's what it was, But we didn't know, we thought it was fun, To see the black Maria, and all the men run.
But before we reach Robert Maxwell's hooliganism, we see racing laid out like an epic novel in which men strive, dream, fail, cheat, scheme, build, destroy, win, lose, love, hate and sometimes exit in a Black Maria or at the end of a shotgun.
They might just as well use a Black Maria with its siren blaring.
Reynaud Dewar's inspiration was the Black Maria, Thomas Edison's Kinetograph production studio, which operated for just four years at the end of the nineteenth century.
Two youthswere injured and late last night police with walkie-talkies and a black maria patrolled to stop fresh trouble.
AN INQUIRY has been launched after a "black maria" which carries defendants to and from Solihull Magistrates Court, accidentally crashed into the building.
Do you think black Maria would have walked if she were white?
They even had a 'White Maria' - today's version of the Black Maria - waiting to whisk off the miscreants to jail.
Kevin Young is the author of four books of poetry, including the forthcoming Black Maria, and editor of two anthologies.
The Black Maria tinted glass conjures visions of those fancy stretched jobs you sometimes see gliding about town, reserved for the superstars but which now swallow anything from a hockey team on a night out to a mini-boardroom.
The policemen, armed to the teeth and led by a senior policewoman, arrived the venue in about six patrol vehicles and one black maria belonging to the State Task Force, were said to have ordered the blockade of all the two gates leading to the hotel and preventing people from gaining access to the Oranmiyan Hall where the press conference was to hold.