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Stock in trade

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?

: mort

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).