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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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Long has been performing as Black Eye affair since 2001, but this is the first time that he has undertaken a real recording project.
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 black eye refers to the area around the eye becoming puffy, swollen and dark.
HADSTON: A teenager has a black eye after he was punched and kicked to the ground by an older man.
I never had a black eye in my life but I can't say that anymore
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
One had his teeth knocked out and suffered head and rib injuries while the other was given a black eye.
Her attacker was white, in his mid to late 30s, about 5ft 4ins tall and had a black eye, very short blond hair and stubble.
A MAN was left with a black eye after an assault in Stratford.
I heard you're really into getting drunk and playing the black eye game.
ACTRESS Sadie Frost was at the centre of a mystery yesterday after being spotted with a black eye.
Even when Amex gets a black eye, it doesn't get a big enough black eye for anyone to really take notice.