In the red

Explanation: What is an idiom?

Owing money to the bank.


"I went to see the bank manager today."

"Oh, you don't want to do that, George."

"We got charged £15 for going overdrawn last month. How long were we in the red for?"

"Doesn't matter."

"Yeah, well, that's what the bank manager said. 'Rules are rules', he said."

"Dreadful. How long were you, anyway?"

"One bloomin' day."

"Cor blimey."

"Yeah, well I said, 'Rules may be rules, but my money's my money', and I closed the account and went down the road to North West. 'You'll regret it when I'm a millionaire', I said. At least the North West aren't so bleedin' inflexible."

"Oh yeah? You just wait. Let me buy you a pint, you poor dear!"


The contrasting idiom to this is in the black, which means having money in your bank account. The origin is logical; often banks will advise their customers that they are overdrawn by issuing a warning statement with red lettering and/or edging to it; a normal statement will be in black because it doesn't not need to draw your attention to anything in particular.

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