stock-in-trade ˌstock-in-ˈtrade noun [uncountable]
1. also trading stock ACCOUNTING all the goods that a company has to sell, as well as the raw materials that it uses to produce these:

• When you start up a business, you need sufficient funds to purchase your stock-in-trade.

2. words or behaviour that are typical of someone:

• politicians whose stock-in-trade is economic populism

3. COMMERCE a business's normal activity:

• After he finished his apprenticeship, kitchens became a part of his stock-in-trade.

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stock-in-trade UK US noun [U]
(also trading stock) ACCOUNTING, FINANCE goods, such as parts, materials, and other assets, that a company or person owns: »

Land is both stock-in-trade and a financial liability.


This list of contacts is your stock-in-trade.

the normal business of a person or company: »

Stories about scams are the stock-in-trade of political reporters.


This company's stock-in-trade is buying houses in poor shape, fixing them up, and reselling them.

someone's usual behaviour or characteristics: »

His stock-in-trade was a volcanic anger.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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