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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 ..." Nobody knew what that "blackest night" was until this 2010 DC Comics Event when black power rings--dark analogues of the Green Lantern's ring--appear, reviving the dead to attack the living.
The twin guitar axis of Josh Middleton and Alex Bailey is as tight as any on the scene today and was no better illustrated than during the flawless The Blackest Skyline and Teras.
Claudia Winkleman paints on her blackest eyeliner and squeezes into her new maternity dress (yes, she's expecting her third child) to host, and is joined each week by celeb guests to discuss their passions.
Cllr Jane Corbett, Liverpool's cabinet member for education said: "This is one of the blackest days for education in Liverpool and I am so angry and disappointed for our children."
Coproduced and arranged by guitarist Mario Adnet (known for his prior role as coproducer of the acclaimed Moacir Santos collection titled Ouro Negro) and pianist Philippe Baden Powell (prodigal son of the abovementioned mulatto legend of Rio's bossa movement), the CD Afrosambajazz * offers new arrangements of Baden Powell's beautiful songbook, including various melodic tributes to the Afro-Brazilian orixas coauthored by the prodigious Vinicius de Moraes (1913-1980), a son of Xango who jokingly referred to himself as "the blackest white man in Brazil."
Not my style./See, If I cup this hand the light shines through it/and no amount of moping will undo it.//Or so I say to myself last thing at night/when it is dark, as the blackest dog despair/can find, sheds her silky hair//pretty well everywhere.
The stories are similar, yet each brings a new perspective on one of the blackest marks in human history.
They chose Nicolson's memoir from a shortlist which also included: The Legend of Colton H Bryant by Alexandra Fuller; Selected Poems by Ian McDonald; and The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum by Sarah Wise.
What a dreadful end for what has become the blackest of black horses.
Eugene Ionescu's blackest of black comedies presents us with a surreal take on Shakespeare's Macbeth in an energetic RSC production.
That said, "Shallow" has perked up the ears of radio DJs as it was quickly added to 26 stations upon its release in March, which is five times more exposure than the tune "Blackest Eyes" received three years ago.
Otherwise, a blue noon reveals, as likewise blackest nighttime hides, too much.