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(as) black as ink

1. Completely black; totally without light or color. The basement gives me the creeps, it's as black as ink down there!
2. Of a thoroughly evil, mean-spirited, or ungenerous mindset or disposition. She narrowed her eyes, and I could tell her thoughts had turned as black as ink.
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slang A writer, especially one who produces a large amount of low-quality material for a living. I spent a lot of time after college as an ink-slinger for various newspapers and magazines while working on my first novel.

in ink

written or signed with a pen that uses ink, not with a pencil. You should write your report in ink. You must sign your checks in ink.
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ink something in

1. to fill in an outline with ink. Please ink the drawing in with care. Ink in the drawing carefully.
2. to write something in ink. Please ink your name in on the dotted line. Now, ink in your signature on this line right here.
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red ink

Fig. debt; indebtedness as shown in red ink on a financial statement. There is too much red ink in my financial statement. Too much red ink and the company will collapse.
See also: ink, red

be bleeding red ink

If a company is bleeding red ink, it has severe financial problems. Even large companies are bleeding red ink. The company reported huge losses for the year ended March 31, but vowed that after three straight years of bleeding red ink, the worst is behind them. Note: This expression comes from the practice in the past of using red ink to fill in entries on the debit side of a book of accounts.
See also: bleeding, ink, red

much ˌink has been ˈspilled (on/over something)

a lot has been written about something: Much ink has been spilled on the life of Shakespeare.
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red ˈink

(business) debts, losses or money that is owed: The company opened the fiscal year with $315.9 million in red ink.The health care industry is bleeding red ink (= losing a lot of money).
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(as) gay as pink ink

mod. having to do with an obviously homosexual person, usually a male. These two guys—as gay as pink ink—came in together.
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gay as pink ink

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1. n. cheap red wine. The old wino prefers ink to anything else.
2. n. publicity; print media coverage of someone or something. The movie star’s divorce got a lot of ink for a few days.
3. n. a tattoo. (The same as paint.) When dya get the new ink?
4. n. tattoos in general; the amount of tattooing on someone’s body. (The same as paint.) He’s got ink covering his back.

ink slinger

n. a professional writer; a newspaper reporter. The ink slingers have been at the candidates again.
See also: ink, slinger

red ink

n. debt; indebtedness as shown in red ink on a financial statement. There is too much red ink in my financial statement.
See also: ink, red
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Anyone who can help should contact Mr Inker on 024 7632 5276.
Speaking to the Echo at yesterday's launch at Cardiff City Stadium, Mr Inker said it was "hugely satisfying" to see his idea come this far.
Inker LA, Schmid CH, Tighiouart H, Eckfeldt JH, Feldman HI, Greene T, et al.
Already on the cover of the Civil War trade paperback (and also on each cover of the seven comic book issues) we encounter the four names I am interested in, and which are again listed on the interior cover with their respective role: Mark Millar is the writer of Civil War, Steve McNiven the penciller, Dexter Vines the inker, and Morry Hollowell the colorist.
Peppered with black-and-white illustrations of Colletta's ink work (sometimes compared to that of other comic book inkers) The Thin Black Line: Perspectives on Vince Colletta, Comics' Most Controversial Inker is the fascinating biography of a comic book inker well-known for his last-minute efforts upon hundreds of comic books that were about to miss their printing deadline.
Before becoming a judge, she spent two decades as an associate and then a partner at White, Inker, Aronson in Boston, where she specialized in family law litigation.
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Bedworth Theatre Guild committee member Mike Inker condemned those behind the attack and is now struggling to find a new storage area.
It was nice to get my first win for England and I was glad to get the red inker to put us 1-0 up in the series.
Featuring an extensively annotated biography, this seminal work follows Kinstler's personal and artistic development from his first job as an apprentice comic book inker to his decision to leave the commercial art field and devote his life to portraiture.
Mum-of-six Katrin Inker, 32, from Newport, says she has not forgiven lover of seven years Paul Turner after he was jailed for three years.
Emrys Inker, director of corporate affairs at The Edrington Group, home to The Macallan and The Famous Grouse, said: "These tactics do not enhance whisky's premium image.
Suzuki's book is best read with another recent study of this material, by Peter Inker (2000).
Usually in comics there's a division of labor--a penciler, inker, writer, editor, colorist--but I did everything myself.
The diameters of rollers used throughout the inker are normally varied in order to provide non-repeating ratios which serve to even out longitudinal ink distribution.