in the red/red ink

 Operating at a loss.
 ► “However, with the company now awash in red ink that Paine Webber figures may hit $126 million on revenues of $267 million this year, Discovery Zone stock, at about 5, languishes 75% below its 52-week high.” (Business Week, Oct. 9, 1995, p. 41)

American business jargon. 2014.

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