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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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He noticed the vacillation of surprise passing over the steady curiosity of the black eyes fastened on his face as if the woman revolutionist received the sound of his voice into her pupils instead of her ears.
"I stayed at home next day," he said, bending down a little and plunging his glance into the black eyes of the woman so that she should not observe the trembling of his lips.
Angel Locsin shocked fans with photos of her black eye, which was showing discoloration under her left eye, posted on Instagram last night, May 18.
ACTOR Barry Keoghan landed a film role despite auditioning with a black eye.
Robert is concerned to see that Aaron has a black eye Elsewhere Aaron also looks like he's been in the wars, as Robert spots that he has a black eye.
Lancaster, CA, May 31, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Southern California native, Jimmy Long, has launched a crowd-funding campaign on the website Indiegogo.com in order to take pre-orders and help fund the production of his first studio album as Black Eye Affair.
The last Friday before December 25 - which is also pay day for many workers - has come to be affectionately known as Black Eye Friday or Mad Friday, thanks to the resulting chaos that can often follow a full day of festivities.
A City/Region story on Page B5 Sunday incorrectly stated that Havens was pushed into a window and suffered a black eye. The story did not identify the victim who was pushed into the window and sustained the black eye.
SOL Heras had to be written out of Coronation Street Christmas scenes because of a black eye.
"Ryan gave me a black eye. There's a scene where I reach over to try and choke him where I have my handcuffs on and we were flying around in the car.
The ensuing black eye stayed with me for several weeks, but it was well worth it for the joy I felt when we lifted the cup!