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See also: stock in trade


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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.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, Chapter VIII, p. 122, [1]
      [] Oscar was in the midst of drafting an account of Red Ochre's stock-in-trade for presenting to a man named Burywell who was contemplating taking on the lease []
    • 1962 October, M. J. Wilson, “Three years of dieselisation at Devons Road depot”, in Modern Railways, page 266:
      Devons Road has had its teething troubles as a dieselised depot, just as have the diesel locomotives which are its stock-in-trade.
  2. A technique, skill or ability habitually used by a person, group of persons, or an organization, often in the course of their business.