Posted by R. Berg on June 16, 2001
In Reply to: Stock in trade posted by mortimer on June 16, 2001
: Anybody know where the phrASE "stock in trade" came from or what it originally meant?
Commercial use: in business, whatever you sell is your stock in trade, your inventory. An early example from the Oxford Engl. Dict.: "He retired to Richmond, and . . . sold part of his plates and stock in trade by auction" (about 1770).