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salesmanship

[seylz-muh n-ship] /ˈseɪlz mənˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the technique of selling a product:
They used a promotional gimmick that was the last word in salesmanship.
2.
adeptness at creating interest in new ideas, products, methods, etc.:
The only ingredient lacking in the system was salesmanship.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; salesman + -ship; cf. -manship
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Examples from the web for salesmanship
  • The lavishing of gifts and favors on prospective or valued customers is generally considered smart salesmanship.
  • No need for fancy salesmanship here, you might think.
  • It was a curious brand of salesmanship, using the kind of exclusivity usually reserved for nightclubs.
  • That's a failure of politics and salesmanship, but it's more than that.
  • In high school he took courses in rhetoric, salesmanship, and weather.
  • When she is with him, pleading and salesmanship radiate from her big eyes.
  • Demonstrates professional salesmanship through the use of highly developed sales techniques and effective presentation skills.
  • Good salesmanship is essential for small businesses because of their limited advertising budgets.
  • Good salesmanship is essential for small businesses because of their limited ability to spend on advertising.
British Dictionary definitions for salesmanship

salesmanship

/ˈseɪlzmənʃɪp/
noun
1.
the technique, skill, or ability of selling
2.
the work of a salesman
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Word Origin and History for salesmanship
n.

1853, from salesman + -ship.

The modern system of salesmanship has become so much like persecution reduced to a science, that it is quite a luxury to be allowed the use of your own discretion, without being dragooned, by a shopkeeper's deputy, into looking at what you do not care to see, or buying what you would not have. A man in his sane mind, with the usual organs of speech, has a right to be treated as if he knows what he wants, and is able to ask for it. ["The Literary World," Feb. 26, 1853]

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