in the black

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Etymology[edit]

From the standard accounting practice of using black ink, as opposed to red ink, to denote positive values, especially a net income.

Adjective[edit]

in the black (comparative more in the black, superlative most in the black)

  1. (accounting, idiomatic) Having positive net income; having greater income than expenses; making a profit.
  2. (accounting, idiomatic) Having positive net worth.

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  • Also may function adverbially.

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