Stock and Trade ( or ) Stock in Trade

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Stock and Trade ( or ) Stock in Trade :

In this context, “trade” means “business.”

The items a business trades in are its stock in trade.

Metaphorically, the stuff needed by people to carry on their activities can also be called their stock in trade:

“Bushy eyebrows, cigars, and quips were Groucho’s stock in trade.”

This expression has nothing to do with trading stock, as on a stock exchange, and it should not be transformed into “stock and trade.”

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