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Show in red and white

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on August 31, 2005

In Reply to: Show in red and white posted by Kashima on August 31, 2005

: Could someone help me with the phrase, "show in red and white" as in the following context?

: A:The company's sales have been slipping and the owner
: (of the company) can't understand why.
: B:Why don't you show him, in red and white?

: Thanks in advance!


Sounds like it's a play on the phrase "in black and white", meaning facts printed in black ink on white paper. Red ink is used in accounting to show losses, so person B wants to show the boss the loss figures in red, printed on white paper, to prove what's happening.