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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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Tantalisingly described as "The Office meets Deliverance', which turns out to be wishful thinking, Severance is a blackly humorous romp drenched in entrails and blood, set during a corporate team-building weekend from hell.
It is a tale by turns blackly comic and touchingly human.
The real star of the show is Harriet Thorpe as the blackly comic and ruthless Mrs Lovett, Sweeney's accomplice in crime.
Six Feet Under (C4 10pm)THE first series of this blackly comic drama comes to an end tonight and it's time for big revelations.
Intense, blackly funny, erotic, disturbing, frightening and frankly out there, you really are going to have to pay attention to this one.
Brothers, here's another blackly comic trip down memory lane with some eye-boggling contemporary flourishes.
That empty interior was blackly visible in openings at the eye sockets and at the sites of missing limbs, for Youngblood seemed to have an aversion to shaping arms and legs; she might supply one in the form of a desiccated stick or seamlessly seal the gap, but she might also just leave a hole.
This weekend, Stewart says, he's especially looking forward to doing the selections from ``Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,'' the blackly comic Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler show about a deranged London haircutter who slits his customers' throats and bakes their bodies in pies.
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It's blackly amusing in places and there are a couple of tense moments.
Call 01792 475715 5 The Man A blackly comic interactive performance about tax, which is proving really taxing for Ben Edwards.
Inglourious Basterds is a stylish and blackly humorous war opus, let down by a disjointed structure.