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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.

be bleeding red ink

To be struggling financially, as of a business; to be consistently losing money. Red ink was traditionally used when indicating withdrawals from a business account. If our company is still bleeding red ink like this at the end of the quarter, we'll be in real danger of going bankrupt.
See also: bleeding, ink, red

much ink has been spilled

People have written a vast amount (about a certain topic). Typically followed by "on/over/about (something)." Following the scandal, much ink has been spilled about the country's history in dealing with corporate crime. Although much ink has been spilled on the topic, there has sadly been little action at a legislative level.
See also: been, ink, much, spill

red ink

Financial debts or losses. We don't feel confident investing in your company when there is so much red ink in your books. If our we're still bleeding red ink like this at the end of the quarter, we'll be in real danger of going bankrupt.
See also: ink, red

(as) gay as pink ink

Overtly or flamboyantly homosexual. Offensive when used pejoratively. I can't believe Sarah asked him out on a date—how can she not see that he's clearly as gay as pink ink?
See also: gay, ink, pink

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.
See also: ink

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.
See also: been, ink, much, spill

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).
See also: ink, red

(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.
See also: gay, ink, pink

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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Organiser Mike Inker, who approached the London stadium and Cardiff City officials to no avail, said he planned to take the flag anyway to fly along Wembley Way.
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Society spokesman Mike Inker said: "We welcome Michelle Leivers this year as choreographer and Neil Roberts returns as musical director.
A team of volunteers, organised by lifelong fan Mike Inker, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, held a rehearsal before running the banner along the entire full Bob Bank minutes before kick-off.
Mike Inker, the society's publicity officer, said: "The youth group have worked really hard to ensure the show is a success with lots of surprises in store for the audience.
City fan of 20 years Mike Inker, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, came up with the idea and fans have currently raised nearly half of the target in the first two days.
Mike Inker, publicity officer for BASS, said: "Mark Rattray is a local actor who has done so well and we feel will be a great inspiration for BASS.
We have a number of Filipino artists, almost more Filipino artists than we do any other international territory, but it's the artistic voices that they're bringing, the pencillers, the inkers, it's the Leinils (penciller Leinil Francis Yu) and the Gerrys (inker Gerry Alanguilan), the Harveys (artist Harvey Tolibao) and the Stephens (artist Stephen Segovia).