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stock in trade

noun
1.
the requisites for carrying on a business, especially goods kept on hand for sale in a store.
2.
resources or abilities peculiar to an individual or group or employed for a specific purpose:
A feeling for language should be part of the stock in trade of any writer.
Also, stock-in-trade.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70
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Examples for stock in trade
  • To those of us in the mental-health field, the interview is serious business, an essential part of our stock in trade.
  • stock in trade or other property included in inventory or held mainly for sale to customers.
  • The sale or exchange of: from the sale of stock in trade or other property held mainly for sale to customers.
  • stock in trade or other property properly includible in the inventory of the taxpayer.
  • The artist has made hundreds of these painterly explorations, and they have become his branded stock in trade.
  • The returns they look at may not be stock in trade or helipads in their residences.
  • Enlisting dead heroes in live causes has always been a stock in trade of politics.
  • Of course, disgustingness is the nerds' stock in trade.
  • stock in trade or other property held primarily for sale, such as crops and produce.
  • It's the stock in trade of those uncannily regular yet aperiodic alloys known as quasicrystals.
British Dictionary definitions for stock in trade

stock in trade

noun
1.
goods in stock necessary for carrying on a business
2.
anything constantly used by someone as a part of his profession, occupation, or trade friendliness is the salesman's stock in trade
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