tricks of the trade
Clever ways of operating a business or performing a task or activity, especially slightly dishonest or unfair ones. For example, Alma knows all the tricks of the trade, cutting the fabric as close as possible, or The butcher weighs meat after it's wrapped; charging for the packaging is one of the tricks of the trade.
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Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Its graceful hotels and beautiful restaurants are totally dependent on the tourist trade.
Dance instructors run a lucrative trade offering private lessons to couples before their wedding receptions, typically the tango.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One of the simplest of these childish tricks is the invention of an excuse for not instantly obeying a command, as "Come here!"Children's Ways|James Sully
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.
I shall only be away for six months; you know I have made up my mind to get rid of the whole bag of tricks.
The result of the restoration of trade, banking, and credit to earlier and more normal conditions has been steadily apparent.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
Every few days after that the boy took Squinty out of his pen, and let him do the rope-jumping and the acorn-hunting tricks.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum