stock trade

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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