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trade secret

noun
1.
a secret process, technique, method, etc., used to advantage in a trade, business, profession, etc.
Origin of trade secret
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05
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Examples from the Web for trade secret
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  • I cannot give you the prescription because it is a trade secret.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Where Alec was concerned, the bomb ought to remain a trade secret, so to speak.

  • Its composition is a trade secret, but its chief ingredient is rubber.

  • But we do not keep it ourselves, nor do we know the parties who prepare it, it being something of a trade secret.

  • To this the witness responded that the matter in question was a trade secret and must be respected as such.

    Homestead Arthur G. Burgoyne
  • He merely kept his trade secret, because he had to keep his tricks secret, like any other conjurer.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • The composition of this sauce is a trade secret, but a variety of similar sauces are found on the market.

  • This was a wonderful discovery, and was preserved as a trade secret for a long time.

    Inventions in the Century William Henry Doolittle
  • But whether I practice Yoga, Dianetics, or write the lines on a sugarcoated pill and swallow it is my trade secret.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • Port-Salut made by Trappist monks at Savoy from their method that is more or less a trade secret.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for trade secret

trade secret

noun
1.
a secret formula, technique, process, etc, known and used to advantage by only one manufacturer
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