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stock-in-trade (plural stocks in trade)

  1. Merchandise and other necessary supplies kept on hand in order to do business.
    • 1848, Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, chapter 4
      The stock-in-trade of this old gentleman comprised chronometers, barometers, telescopes, compasses, charts, maps, sextants, quadrants, and specimens of every kind of instrument used in the working of a ship's course, or the keeping of a ship's reckoning, or the prosecuting of a ship's discoveries.
  2. A technique, skill or ability habitually used by a person, group of persons, or an organization, often in the course of their business.