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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 blackening itself is not volitional, the desires and views of the bride are not taken into consideration, so some brides are given old clothes to change into, some are dressed as parody brides, and yet others are blackened in the clothes they are captured in.
"By indulging in this act against Ramdev, Congress has not only applied ink on yoga guru's face, but has blackened the party's face.
``They would blacken their faces with coal dust, carry white handkerchiefs in each hand and perform a processional dance, jumping and carrying branches.''
It has also been suggested that Morris dancing was viewed as a profane, heathen practice by the Church, and so performers blackened their faces to avoid being identified by members of the clergy and accused of witchcraft.
Regardless of what you may have heard, it is possible to turn out delicious blackened fish in your own kitchen without disconnecting the smoke alarm or causing the neighbors to dial 911.
A SACKED police worker suing his former employer for unfair dismissal told a tribunal that detectives "tried everything to blacken my name".
Instead, the "whisperers" prefer to blacken Mo's name by suggesting her brain tumour has left her unable to cope.
The Ceann Comhairle said there were people trying to blacken his name and make him play piggy in the middle in a row over who should replace retired Kieran Coughlan.
Place the red peppers on a tray and roast for 15-20 minutes until blackened. They may need turning to blacken all over.
For the guacamole, blacken the lime halves and green chillies by placing them in the flame of a gas hob or using a blow torch, or in a very hot oven for 10 minutes.
The reasoning is simple, the lungs of even active smokers do not blacken on the outside they blacken in extreme cases on the inside.
TOP economist Eddie Hobbs said the Government tried to blacken his name because of his hit show Rip Off Republic.