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:
1660–70

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stock in trade
 
n
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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Example sentences
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.
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