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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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"We have to restrict our movements due to the bombing and we have to work with electricity black outs. People in Gaza are traumatised and under extreme stress."
After spending more than US$2 billion since 2005 to modernize its electrical grid and eliminate power black outs, Cuba has set about overhauling its transport system, government officials say;
Con Edison and Public Energy Solutions (PES) are shedding some light on ways that New York City buildings can prevent black outs, help the electric grid this summer and save 25-50% on energy costs through a new program called Operation Kill-A-Watt.
The heat wave that hit Europe two years ago however caused numerous worrying disruptions to the European electrical system (black outs, nuclear power station shut downs, surcharges, etc) but Mr Pielbalgs doesn't see the need to prepare for the threat.
1972: Nine hour electricity black outs took place all over Britain, as power stations struggled to find coal supplies during the miners strike.