stock-in-trade :

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  • n  any equipment constantly used as part of a profession or occupation

  • If you're tired of the sloppy, mawkish sentiment that is the stock-in-trade of most mainstream greeting cards and e-cards, then you'll want to visit someecards.
  • These absurd fictions used to be the stock-in-trade of ninth-graders bent on frightening the younger kids.
  • Estes Kefauver was used to such evasive replies and sullen reticence; they were the stock-in-trade of the nation's leading mystery men.

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