stock in trade

or stock-in-trade


noun

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

First recorded in 1660–70
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stock in trade

noun

goods in stock necessary for carrying on a business
anything constantly used by someone as a part of his profession, occupation, or tradefriendliness is the salesman's stock in trade
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