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05 / 02 / 2009

COLOUR EXPRESSIONS-BLACK: meaning and examples

Good morning. 

Today we finish our look at typical English expressions with colours in them. Today's colour is black.

Today's first expression isto be in the black

Meaning: To have money, for example, in your bank account. The opposite of to be in the red (see last Monday's Daily Vitamin).

Example 1:
Despite the serious crisis, the company has managed to stay in the black all this year.

Today's second expression is: to black out

Meaning: to lose consciousness for a short time.

Example 2:
The police think that the man lost control of his car after he blacked out, but they can't be one-hundred percent sure.

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I hope you have a nice day.