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stock in trade

or stock-in-trade

the requisites for carrying on a business, especially goods kept on hand for sale in a store.
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.
Origin of stock in trade
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The shortcomings of the clergy had long been part of the stock-in-trade of almost all the Deistical writers.

    The English Church in the Eighteenth Century Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  • Sensations, personalities and fiction are its stock-in-trade.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • The stock-in-trade of an East-end photographer is not a very elaborate one.

  • These are the stock-in-trade of the landsman; they were too real for the sailor to sing about.

  • Ker was a worthless adventurer, whose good looks and ready tongue were his only stock-in-trade.

    A History of England Charles Oman
  • But the picture was Wyndham's backbone; it was his stock-in-trade before his world.

  • Religion is, as it were, part of his stock-in-trade, and he is accustomed to parade it before strangers.

    The Future of Islam Wilfred Scawen Blunt
  • It had not wanted more than a small wagon to contain his stock-in-trade.

    Brought Forward R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • We are apt to look upon it as, in some sense, our stock-in-trade, and to forget to apply it to ourselves.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • It'll be stock-in-trade to me, no doubt, for an unborn drama.

    Blood Royal Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for stock-in-trade

stock in trade

goods in stock necessary for carrying on a business
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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