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In the black

DEFINITION

Making a profit. (Contrast to Red).

“After five years of owning this store, we finally are in the black.”

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  1. Keith Van Westen

    “not for money, marbles, nor chalk”
    The expression “not for money, marbles, nor chalk” means: Not for any consideration whatever; absolutely not; utterly incorruptible.

    Although “marbles,” in this expression, could be taken to mean “slight value,” with “chalk” indicating “no value,” we think it more likely to be a slight mispronunciation of meubles, a term of French origin used both in France and England to mean “personal property.”

    Thus the expression would literally mean, “not for real property, personal property, nor useless property.”

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