In the red

Idiom

In the Red

Definition

Being in debt or having a negative financial balance.

Examples

My business has been in the red since the pandemic started.

John has been in the red for so long that he can’t afford to buy a house.

I’m afraid I’m in the red for this month’s expenses.

The company has been in the red for the past year, so they can’t afford to hire any new employees.

My credit card balance is in the red, so I need to pay it off soon.

Origin

The phrase originated from the use of red ink to indicate a negative balance when writing accounts.

FAQs

Question

What does it mean to be ‘in the red’?

Answer

It means being in debt or having a negative financial balance.

Question

Where did the phrase come from?

Answer

It originates from the use of red ink to indicate a negative balance when writing accounts.