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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 Green Lantern Oath begins with the words, "In brightest day, in blackest night .
The Winter of Discontent in 1978/9 will go down as the blackest mark on Lord Callaghan's political career.
The air of bitter disappointment was palpable as Foner described young Russians who admire Abraham Lincoln but "paint the history of the Soviet era in the blackest hues, reclassifying every top leader between Lenin and Gorbachev as either criminal or incompetent.
following his brilliant homeward 31 to edge out Ernie Els, while Lara provided the spread firms with one of their blackest days
Sir Philip Sidney was by no means alone in seeking "fit words to paint the blackest face of woe.
Terrorist" is surely the blackest epithet in the Bush Administration's lexicon, so it would seem that Education Secretary Rod Paige owes the NEA more than just an apology for calling it a "terrorist organization.
Examples included "the world's blackest black," an exceptionally light-absorbent chemical coating invented to improve the Hubble Space Telescope's imaging capacity; the specific blue used for Chroma-Key video effects; the black leopard's deceptive "spots" (the consequence of differences in fur length rather than color); and Black Watch military tartan.
Auschwitz, the blackest paint in the blackest hole.
will provide the pastoral vision and leadership to help the church move from this blackest picture of our church to its brightest picture of justice and faith," said the group's president Jim Post.
Lewis is a nuanced and versatile vocalist, and this engaging collection runs the spectrum from modern folk lyricism ("When the Night Bird Sings") to fiddle-fired bluegrass/mountain music ("Singing Bird") to haunting jazz stylings ("The Blackest Crow").
sweat the sticky tides of passion under blackest serge, glad no one sees
I'll put on the blackest and best of my capes And serve you delectable strawberry crepes.